To be at ease on stage: a challenge for some, an obvious one for others…..
What about you? What about you?
What defines a good stage performance as a musician? How to understand and satisfy public expectations? What are the factors that come into play?
As a musician, stage presence is one of the keys to success.
At first, it is difficult to be in the right place, between your expectations, those of the audience, the producer, the theatre…
So here are some tips for progress, being comfortable on stage, moving well and relaxing to be able to give it all.
Do you know yourself: the key to stage presence
First of all, it is important to work on yourself that requires a lot of thought.
Get to know the defects and qualities that make you a unique artist.
Answer some questions: what makes a lot of people come to see you play?
If you know who you are and why you are successful, you will have more self-confidence, because you will understand that the public has already “validated” you at 80% by deciding to come and see you. By doing this, everything will be more natural and sincere on stage.
Introspection is the first step not to be missed to shine on the stage.
As an artist, some parts of creation only develop on stage, so develop this aspect of your career as you would develop your writing or composition skills.
The stage presence
If the mastery of your songs is fundamental, your stage presence is also a very important element to take into account.
Indeed, it is your attitude that will or will not embark the public in your universe. If you are able to capture your audience, you will be even more confident and comfortable on stage.
It is not always easy to find the right gestures and posture when you are in front of an audience.
Nevertheless, we will have to work on this important point, which will allow you to enjoy the stage in the future with confidence.
There is no real ideal posture on stage, the important thing is to feel comfortable and comfortable throughout the concert.
Nevertheless, it is preferable to stand relatively straight, which has the effect of avoiding bending too much on your instrument. This way, you look more accessible and the exchange with the public will be easier.
In addition to the posture, be sure to look at the audience and smile, unless it doesn’t fit with your staging.
This is important to make you sympathetic to your audience. Be 100% in the shoes of your character, it will make you confident and credible.
Finally, don’t hesitate to film yourself during rehearsals to see how you look when you play.
This may allow you to correct your posture and any unsightly facial expressions.
Good. Once you understand how to behave, it is high time to consider moving around a little on stage. Indeed, static musicians and singers are not necessarily pleasant to watch.
Remember that the audience also comes for the visual show.
To move well on stage, start by letting yourself be carried away by the music. There is no point in moving in all directions, you already have to be in rhythm and in harmony with your songs.
Prepare your staging. If the big stars often seem to abandon themselves to total improvisation, don’t forget that there is a lot of choreographic work behind it.
When starting out on stage, it is better not to leave anything to chance if you are considering real stage moves. Practice during rehearsals.
Finally, why not take inspiration from your favorite bands? Without thinking you’re a rock star, analyzing the movements of other artists can give you ideas for your own performances.
Understand the audience’s expectations in order to be comfortable on stage
If you are a musician, chances are you like to get the attention of the audience and satisfy your ego, especially when lots of people come to see you play and only listen to you.
But know that during concerts, you are not the one in the spotlight. It’s the audience.
It should be your first objective, not your own performance, because only the audience decides whether a concert is successful or not. In my opinion, it is better to give the audience what they want, than to lock you into a show that only interests you (for example: this “super” guitar solo that lasts 13 minutes and that you absolutely want to incorporate).
Most of the time, no one comes to a concert to attend a monologue. Fans expect to be surprised, amazed, recognized, to leave the room playful and alive.
To make them vibrate, you must find a way to make them feel emotions, to make them brush their hair with the thrills of your creation.
You must take them elsewhere, so that you are in full control of the situation, confident and relaxed, being the only captain on board.
Rehearse a LOT
It goes without saying, rehearsals before a concert are essential. It is important to know your songs at your fingertips. Stress sometimes leads to carelessness.
If you know your partitions like no one else, you will be able to make up for any mistakes on the day.
Also, repeating in your corner is good, but why not involve your friends or family?
If you are a beginner, organize scenarios with a small audience. This will allow you to understand your performance in public.
Create a unique atmosphere
In order to achieve a unique artistic performance, indulge in the audience as you are, in your intimacy, expose yourself to them in order to be comfortable on stage.
If you perform at an average level, it’s because you haven’t opened up enough to the audience and they haven’t felt enough emotion to understand your music.
A quick reminder: if the public is present, it is because they are already in part committed to your cause. So don’t be afraid to be yourself!
Be mentally and physically ready, so that your concert can offer the audience a show like they have never seen before with the strength of your creative mind.
If you have prepared well, the audience will immediately feel your strength and will be with you throughout the performance.
Avoid falling into your comfort zone
Self-confidence is obviously the main asset of a musician, but it is not what makes the whole concert.
Hard work and experience are essential for good representation.
If you know your weaknesses and strengths, you will have no difficulty juggling them in your career, but if you do not have the ability to question yourself, you will never have the success you desire.
If you are reading these lines, it is because your self-confidence is most certainly not total and you have a work of introspection to do yourself.
Consider the possibility of using private theatre or stage presence classes to get you started.
Get out of your habits, change your daily life and the uncomfortable will become the pleasant.
Don’t you like dancing? Sign up for salsa classes! You will understand how to move well on stage and how to stand on stage, for example.
Relax and relax
Whatever the situation, relaxation is an important element in fighting stress. Allow yourself time to breathe before your performance on stage.
Choose a solitary or friendly moment with your family. You will necessarily find the situation that will relax you the most. And why not try yoga or meditation?
On the day of the event, arrive early on site. As you are never safe from an unexpected event on the way, getting ahead of the curve will allow you to arrive calmly.
You will then have all the time you need to refuel, tune your instrument one last time and feel comfortable on the spot.
Optimize settings on stage
Before you start playing, you will probably have the opportunity to make technical adjustments. When weighing, make sure you have a good return to the speakers.
There is nothing more destabilizing than not getting along properly at a concert.
During these preparations, also take the opportunity to become aware of the size of the scene and to understand the space.
Use your mistakes wisely to bounce back
Private joke between two songs are absolutely to be avoided in order to be comfortable on stage.
At best, a few people laugh, at worst, you are faced with a deathly silence and good luck to get the atmosphere back in the room.
If you are wrong, don’t talk about it and apologize, but improvise tactfully to make a difference.
Maybe no one will notice that you made a mistake (except yourself) so relax, breathe and take it easy!
The public knows that error is human and they will not judge you on a broken string or a false note.
Let your imagination run wild and think about the best ways to be in harmony with yourself, the audience and the room.
Understand your musicians and be humble
If you play in a group, don’t constantly put yourself forward, but work on the group spirit.
The audience will immediately feel the difference if you try to be alone on stage and shade your creative friends.
Remember to be humble, it is essential to become a good musician.
Avoid praising your merits, accomplishments and accomplishments, as the public will realize this for itself over time.
You have nothing to prove to others if you have nothing to prove to yourself!
Make a distinction and think carefully about what you are able to do and what you are not able to do. Nothing is more effective than humility in some cases.
You don’t need to expose your life to your audience: go straight into creation and do everything you can to continuously capture their attention so that you never leave them out of reach!
Choose your songs carefully
The first thing to do when considering performing on stage is to choose your repertoire.
If you want to perform during the performance, you will need to be comfortable with your set list.
To do so, choose music that you like and especially accessible at your level. There is no point in being too ambitious if it leads to disaster!
Now you have a few tips on how to move well on stage and how to behave to feel comfortable.
As you will have understood, ease on stage is not always a given. Fortunately, it is possible to solve the problem with a little work!
Of course, it is up to you to make progress. If you follow these instructions carefully, you will see significant results at the next performance.
In the meantime, wake up and start getting to know yourself by heart so that you don’t get caught by others or yourself.
Have confidence in your art, because only you are able to really put it into practice.
After the performance, asking your friends and family in the room will surely help you to improve for the next time. Have a good concert!