ironmanben
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Join date: May 2009
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#1
How can I be active on stage while playing guitar and singing? I don't want to just stand there, but I don't have much time that I'm not in front of the mic, and my hands have the guitar so I can't throw stuff into the audience or anything of that sort. What should I do to be active?
Mahabajaba
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#3
Well if you're a singer/guitarist sounds like you're pretty stuck. Depending on how much time you spend with both hands on the guitar you could do the traditional crowd pumping maneuvers and such, but there's not a whole lot you can do. I recommend taking a look at some bands with singer/guitarists and seeing what they do, likely won't be much though.
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#4
Uncomfortable, creepy-faced eye contact.

That's my style when doing guitar and singing anyway.
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#5
You could get a wireless headset mic, I've seen Sammy Hagar do that in some old live videos when he was with Van Halen...
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#6
When you're not singing do as a guitar player does, when you're not playing guitar do as a singer would do.

It's hard to do anything when tied to the mic, you pretty much have to rely on eye contact and any body movements have to be small and mostly with the feet.
But if you have a moment spare, especially if you ever solo and stuff, you can easily get a bit nuts then.
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#8
watch and learn
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLMIkd88yb8&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7pw_TCaEvo&feature=related

look at young joe strummer if you need to learn how to be energetic
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Natrone
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#9
Are you the only guitarist in your band? If not, then drop out on some parts, grab the mic, and walk around. If you are the only guitarist, then really all you can do is move around as much as possible when you're not singing and be energetic even when you're at the mic.

Basically, just be into the music and you'll be fine.
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krypticguitar87
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#10
watch live videos of bands with a singer/guitarist (or basist in some cases): Green Day, the Offspring, Trivium, Metalica, Nickleback, Chevele, KISS, Black Lable Society, Mastadon, Blink 182, Megadeth, Deftones etc.... I know not all of them are great but they definately give you some insight as to how to perform with a guitar while singing....
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#11
Check out Matt Bellamy of Muse.
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Burntout Chump
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#12
Quote by krypticguitar87
watch live videos of bands with a singer/guitarist (or basist in some cases): Green Day, the Offspring, Trivium, Metalica, Nickleback, Chevele, KISS, Black Lable Society, Mastadon, Blink 182, Megadeth, Deftones etc.... I know not all of them are great but they definately give you some insight as to how to perform with a guitar while singing....


Green Day is a GREAT example, except for the solos, haha, he's able to really get into it because they have someone else to play the lead so he's not glued to the same spot.

But anyway, I felt the same way as the OP, and I stumbled upon some live Green Day videos, and it helped me a lot, I highly recommend watching Billie Joe.
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