Go Back   UG Community @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com > Music > Musician Talk > Bandleading
User Name  
Password
Search:

Reply
Old 09-11-2012, 10:49 PM   #1
ccannon1
Band Geek
 
ccannon1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Winnipeg, Canada
Getting to have presence

I've tried many things to get my bandmates (in both bands that I'm currently in) to sort of lose their inhibitions and actually get into the music we play, because with that we'll have a better stage presence. Are there any tips for this?
ccannon1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2012, 11:20 PM   #2
corza334
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Drugs and Alcohol.



But seriously, hopefully it'll come with experience!
__________________
Quite impressive for a cripple.
corza334 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2012, 05:59 AM   #3
makemusicnet
Registered User
 
makemusicnet's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Do you notice this during live gigs, or is it just during rehearsals?
Are they not confident in the playing the music?

You might find the more gigs you do, things will get better. If not, you might need to look at freshening up your repertoire, or looking for a new band. You have to enjoy what you're doing!
__________________
= > http://make-music.net
makemusicnet is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2012, 06:29 AM   #4
timbit2006
UG Monkey
 
timbit2006's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Kelowna, B.C. Canada
I can't really give you any tips on getting your other bandmates into it but I will say this.
As someone in the crowd: If the band isn't headbanging, I'm not headbanging. Same goes for every genre. If the band isn't into what they're doing, the crowd certainly isn't going to be.
__________________
--Tyrone the White from Canada.
timbit2006 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2012, 07:14 PM   #5
LazarusOnGrave
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
There's a knob on my amp for it...

But it does not go up to 11.
LazarusOnGrave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2012, 03:37 AM   #6
91RG350
Registered User
 
91RG350's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: NSW, Australia
Maybe they need to be a bit more comfortable with the material they are playing before they can groove out? I.e. is more practice required?
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by AlanHB
It's the same as all other harmony. Surround yourself with skulls and candles if it helps.
91RG350 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2012, 03:22 PM   #7
sjones
UG's Analrapist
 
sjones's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Ohio
A few people have hit on this, but stage presence really comes with experience and goes hand in hand with being comfortable and confident. The best way to gain confidence and comfort is to make sure everyone in the band is very practiced up on the songs and can play them effortlessly.

Audiences can have an impact on stage presence as well. I think there's a give-and-take of energy that goes on between crowd and performer. Of course, having a good stage presence is easier when there's a good, energetic crowd watching you. However, as everyone who's been in a gigging band knows, not every show is going to have an enthusiastic crowd, or in some cases much of a crowd at all. In those situations you have to be able to spark the energy from the stage. If you're having a good time, the audience is much more likely to enjoy the show too.
__________________



Quote:
Originally Posted by Zeppelin71
Umm. . .uh. . .your mom touched sjones' dick. YOUR MOM TOUCHED OUR GUITARISTS GENITALS IN A CAMPER AT A BIKER FESTIVAL! truth.
sjones is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2012, 03:39 PM   #8
SamuelParry
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Can I just ask what kind of music you play? I'm in a metal band and stage presence is a HUGE thing for me. You basically need to practice your whole set with stage 'moves' at home, and be able to completely rock out by yourself. Once you can do that AND be able to play as perfect as possible, it's just conquering any shyness or self-consciousness you have. That comes with time, but can be speeded up with alcohol Haha. I personally drink a bit before I play, so I'm feeling confident but my playing isn't effected. If you do all that you should be fine! Unless your band are just boring and don't actually want to have any stage 'presence'.
SamuelParry is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2012, 07:46 PM   #9
TNA
Registered User
 
TNA's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
I second, third? the idea of being very comfortable playing the songs. You need to be able to play them in your sleep before you can start doing other things and take your attention off playing for a period of time. Can I ask how many gigs you've played? And how are your bandmates before the gig? The more you are comfortable playing on stage the more loose you can be on stage. But no matter what some people just don't have that stage presence gene. My guitar player almost never moves, but if you bring it up with him he'll claim he was moving?
TNA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2012, 03:40 PM   #10
pantallica87
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Timbit2006 hit it dead center. If You arent moving, the crowds not moving. You might as well supply lawn chairs and travel pillows for the crowd, b/c your performance is boring. Something simple i like to call 'filling up the gas tank', involves making random trips to see your drummer, and headbang with him, throughout your performance. Watch any Professional Live Concert footage and you'll see members of the band do this. Try this first, and progess to cordinated jumps and headbanging as a band. Stage Presence is EVERYTHING!
pantallica87 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2012, 04:05 PM   #11
HotspurJr
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Agreed with everyone else. First comes absolute comfort playing the songs you are supposed to play. Your first goal is to get everyone to that point, and then to make sure that you guys are having fun with it.

Don't try to have stage presence, yet. Just have fun up there. Once you're at a place where you guys can have fun playing, start making a point to make more eye contact with the crowd while still having fun up there.

Baby steps. How experienced are you guys?
HotspurJr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2012, 05:10 PM   #12
ccannon1
Band Geek
 
ccannon1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Winnipeg, Canada
We aren't really that experienced, we just played our 5th show about a week ago
ccannon1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2012, 06:14 PM   #13
HotspurJr
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
How did the shows go, from a technical/musical standpoint?
HotspurJr is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:07 AM.

Forum Archives / About / Terms of Use / Advertise / Contact / Ultimate-Guitar.Com © 2014
Powered by: vBulletin Version 3.0.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.