Category Archives: Music Performance Tips

Control Your Nerves

David Motto’s Practice Tip of the Week:Know How to Control Your Nerves Some musicians are lucky. They never get nervous. They can perform at the drop of a hat. They don’t even give it a second’s thought. If this is … Continue reading

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The Best Music Memorization Tip Ever

David Motto’s Practice Tip of the Week:The #1 Music Memorization Strategy There Are a Lot of Memorization Techniques Many musicians contact me asking me for tips on playing and performing from memory. It’s clearly something that worries a lot of … Continue reading

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Quick Performance Tip – Be Convincing

Convince Your Audience What matters during your performance is being convincing. It’s best if you feel in control, but – even if you feel a bit out of control and on the edge of your abilities – convince your audience … Continue reading

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Three Types of Deadlines

David Motto’s Practice Tip of the Week:Three Types of Deadlines Deadlines Change Your Thoughts and Actions It’s one thing to say – in the abstract – that you’re going to learn a new piece of music or a song. It’s … Continue reading

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Quick Performance Tip – Don’t Give Away the Next Song

Never play the beginning of your next song before you actually start performing that song on stage. Don’t give it away!

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Quick Performance Tip – Count In Every Song

Count in every song. Don’t just start playing and expect everyone else in the band to know where Beat One is. Too dangerous!

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Quick Performance Tip – Keep Your Game Face On

While you’re on stage, keep your game face on and keep going . . . no matter what! Never let the audience know that something is wrong.

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Quick Rehearsal Tip – Know Who is Giving Cues

Decide as a group who’s giving cues where they’re needed in different songs. Make your communication clear inside your group! Clear cues, and knowing where they’re coming from, will make everyone feel more confident on stage.

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Quick Performance Tip – Take the Stage

Take the stage. Be noticeable and feel that you are worthy of being noticed. Make it obvious that you have arrived and that something important is about to happen.

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Quick Performance Tip – Control the Room

When you talk to the audience, take total control of the room. Be bigger than life. Use a mic, lighting, whatever it takes. Own it!

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