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#230555 - 03/28/08 02:39 PM Re: Order of importance
DanO1 Offline
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Surprised no one puts Over all sound quality as #1.

You gotta have the right mix...
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#230556 - 03/28/08 02:46 PM Re: Order of importance
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Originally posted by DanO1:
Surprised no one puts Over all sound quality as #1.

You gotta have the right mix...


Yep...good point.

Also having the right speaker system/PA for the job is very important.

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#230557 - 03/28/08 03:02 PM Re: Order of importance
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Dan,

Overall sound quality is more important to the performer than the audience. Zuki hit the nail on the head, and that doesn't just apply to nursing homes. The same rules apply to all gigs/jobs (sorry Uncle Dave). DonM is right on as well--you have to play the song(s) they know.

Cheers,

Gary

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#230558 - 03/28/08 05:42 PM Re: Order of importance
zuki Offline
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Originally posted by Dnj:

Excactly Don.....alll this means squat if you cant cut the mustard and produce a great product.

[This message has been edited by Dnj (edited 03-28-2008).]


Well, let's just assume that most of us here can...........
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#230559 - 03/28/08 05:44 PM Re: Order of importance
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Well, let's just assume that most of us here can...........



I guess we'll never know eh?

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#230560 - 03/28/08 05:46 PM Re: Order of importance
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I know
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#230561 - 03/28/08 09:50 PM Re: Order of importance
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"What are the things you find that your audience wants/realizes or appreciates the most in a live performance?"

I would say:

1) showing up for the performance
2) showering just before you come and having your fingernails neatly trimmed
3) the type of vehicle you arrived in (a Maserati or a Chinese rickshaw?)
4) not discussing politics
5) not inviting your son's Cub Scout pack to be on stage with you
6) having your girl friend on the stage with you (but only if she has great frontal cleavage)
7) not holding a bottle of Poland Spring drinking water in your hand throughout the show
8) looking up from your instrument and looking directly at your audience once in a while (applies to Barack Obama also)
9) having a minimum high school education
10) able to play a song with at least ONE of your hands
11) wearing sox and closed shoes
12) not using a pair of refrigerators instead of speakers
13) passing out free ear plugs before you crank up the volume to what you would hear if you were standing next to a 747 on takeoff
14) at least one song during the performance that they recognize
15) survey sheets handed out after the show that only have "yes" boxes to check and with questions like "Did you enjoy the music?" ...."Would you come back to see another show" "Would you care to donate to the OMB Retirement Fund?" (saves embarrassment for a bad performer)

In reality, every single audience is different. Even if you're playing in the same club every night or playing the same type of music in different places. So, in answer to "What are the things you find that your audience wants/realizes or appreciates the most in a live performance?"...I'd say ALL of what you fellows wrote. But the real art is in being able to "read" that audience that's in front of you at the moment and determine what is the most important to this particular group.

My own formula is to be an accomplished musician, but spend more time talking in between songs. And......Zuki is right: "music ability" sadly at #5. After reaching a certain level of expertise, the return on your "investment" (practicing) diminishes out of proportion to your effort!

Lucky

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#230562 - 04/09/08 08:35 PM Re: Order of importance
John DiLeo Offline
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Registered: 04/06/08
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1- Timing
2- Singing in key
3- Tempo
4- Showmanship
5- Song selection
6- Reading the audience
7- Looking at the audience not at the music
8- Continuous Flowing program
9- Schmoozing

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