Preparing to Perform

As you get ready for a performance, here are some things to keep in mind.

Why Are You Singing?

If you have been asked to sing by someone, be sure you know what this person is expecting. Are you singing at an open mic? A holiday party? A wedding? Are you background for a social/cocktail hour or are you the main event? Answers to these questions will help you select songs and players (and often wardrobe *smile*).

For example, it can be difficult to sing mellow tunes in a noisy (i.e. bar) atmosphere. That said, if you have been asked to play background music, look-at-me showtunes or your rock band with three electric guitars might be too much. You will enjoy the experience much more if you and the person paying you both get what you want. (Plus the better you are at being “exactly” what they wanted the more likely it is that they will ask you back. *grin*)

Where Are You Singing?

Where you are singing will inform almost all of the decisions you make, from what to sing to what to wear.

Is the event indoors or outdoors? Are you on a stage? Is the stage big or small? Will you use a PA/mics? Are YOU responsible for supplying your own PA/mics? Your own players? Your own people to sell merchandise?

(Another note about where: If you have never been to the venue before, give yourself twice the travel time suggested to find it. *grin* There’s nothing worse than being lost AND late for a gig!)

Preparing to Rehearse

Before you schedule that first rehearsal, make a list of your song ideas. Rehearsing is a time to pull things together with your players. You should spend your rehearsal time tweaking arrangements, finalizing set orders and adjusting tempos, etc. In other words, this is NOT the time for you to learn your songs!

Send a tentative song list to your players to make sure they are familiar and comfortable with the music you want to sing. (A CD of songs is not a bad idea either.)

Pick more songs than you plan to sing at the gig. Some songs just won’t work (and the sooner you admit this, the more time you can spend on something that will be great!) and it will save time to be able to move down the list rather than having to revisit the issue at a later rehearsal.

Be sure to record rehearsals so you can practice without your player(s).

What to Bring to the Gig (see post)

What to Wear

First, find out if a certain wardrobe or level of dress is expected (see Where Are You Singing above). If you are unsure, ASK.

If possible, find out if the venue tends to run hot or cold. If nothing specific is required, dress in layers and wear something in which it is easy to move, walk, sit and SING. Most important, it should be something that makes you feel good.

Feeling comfortable and prepared will help you to feel confident and perform at your best. Go get ’em!

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