How to Prepare for a Live Performance
- Don’t book a show if you’re not ready. Sometimes we need a push, but there is a difference between being novice and being unprepared.
- Check your equipment
Instruments: Make sure everything is in good condition and eliminate the chances of something completely unexpected happening and ruining your show.
Laptop: Clean your disk, disable background applications, check for errors and programs planning to restart your laptop
- Write a script for your every move. First your setlist , then anything that needs to be done between or during the tracks. For instance activation/ deactivation of guitar pedals or knob twisting of your midi controller. (Obviously this step does not help if your aim is to improvise)
- Bring a friend or a family member for support. It definitely helps more if he/she is a real fan of your music. In any case, stage fright is going to be there but you have to remember that your goal is to be a professional musician, an attribute that usually includes live performance. So brace yourself. You’re going to be one step closer to your life goal.
- Record your material to notice and understand your weak parts. Even better, use a video camera to observe your music presence too.
- Remember to arrive early and demand a sound check if it’s not given.
- After the show ask the honest opinion of people you respect and have in mind that no one was born a pro. It’s a long process and we all have to start somewhere.
Some numbers from the music business for 2013 indicate the need for a professional musician to perform live
- Recorded MusicRevenues -3,9%
- Physical Format Sales-11.7%
- Performance Rights Revenues +19%
- Download Revenues-2,1%