#1
as a musician ive always been thinking wether, if your playing a live show do you want to put on a good performance or play your music solid.???

whats your opinion on the matter?
#2
move around and enjoy yourself as much as you can without playing terribly.


id rather hear music played well with boring musicians than see a bunch of bumbling idiots on stage that can hardly get through their set.
#3
solid playing should always come first. think about it - who would you respect more, some boring, non-rocker fool who can play all his songs with accuracy and emotion, or some idiot who thrashes around like a rock star but sounds like crap?
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#4
I hate when people just stand their and maybe do a slight head bob every couple of minutes, but if they sounded like crap I wouldn't like that either.
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#6
Playing tight is always a must, however with moving around etc its depends on how much the music demands it. Its not a one answer fits all situation
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#7
I'd say you need both. Being an awesome player who stands at the back isn't going to get you noticed a lot, just make sure you don't over do it. I always thought a performance has to fit in with the image of the band, yeah, it's that superficial imo :P
#8
For me personally I expect a live show to be just that, a show - I want to some energy, dynamics and a little bit of danger. That being the case I think it's preferable to have a 6/10 for the music and a 6/10 for performance as opposed to a 9/10 for the music and a 1/10 for performance.

I just feel that if people are showing you support by travelling to see you then you owe it to them to give them something to look at. You don't need unicorns or exploding cabbages but you should be engaging and aware of your audience. If I wanted to hear a perfect rendition of a song I'll listen to the recording, that's what it's there for - part of the thrill of a live show is in the immediacy and potential spontaneity of it all.

I saw a battle of the bands once, and one of the acts were a decent-enough metal band, but for most of their mini set the entire band was facing away from the stage looking at the drummer. They weren't trying to be cool either, just incompetently inconsiderate of their audience.
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#9
it depends on my mood, fridaynite I played a show, I'm still in pain from it and I screwed almost every song at least once mostly from pic drops my guitar falling off knocking the mic on my amp over ect, then there will be some where I'm just not feeling it so I don't kill myself jumping around and nail every song.
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For me personally I expect a live show to be just that, a show - I want to some energy, dynamics and a little bit of danger. That being the case I think it's preferable to have a 6/10 for the music and a 6/10 for performance as opposed to a 9/10 for the music and a 1/10 for performance.

I just feel that if people are showing you support by travelling to see you then you owe it to them to give them something to look at. You don't need unicorns or exploding cabbages but you should be engaging and aware of your audience. If I wanted to hear a perfect rendition of a song I'll listen to the recording, that's what it's there for - part of the thrill of a live show is in the immediacy and potential spontaneity of it all.

I saw a battle of the bands once, and one of the acts were a decent-enough metal band, but for most of their mini set the entire band was facing away from the stage looking at the drummer. They weren't trying to be cool either, just incompetently inconsiderate of their audience.


I disagree. You DO need exploding cabbages!
#12
i played a few songs in front of like a hundred people at school and i more or less walked around. i think i didnt really get into it because the crowd just sat there. and then i think well they dont really like my music and what not.
#13
also i was told thats it better to put on a good show by not standing there and actually getting to music. but it seems like that isnt the case?
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as a musician ive always been thinking wether, if your playing a live show do you want to put on a good performance or play your music solid.???

whats your opinion on the matter?


Go for performance everytime. People dont tend to notice errors in playing live and Im pretty sure would rather be entertained.
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as a musician ive always been thinking wether, if your playing a live show do you want to put on a good performance or play your music solid.???

whats your opinion on the matter?

Depends on the crowd, but i say do what feels natural dont fake it. That crap can be intimidating the first time.
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#16
do both. i (usually) do not want to see a band, standing there, looking down and playing their instruments. then again, I do not want to see a band jumping all over the place, and have their music sound like crap because of it. You should be able to play accurately AND put on a good show.
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i played a few songs in front of like a hundred people at school and i more or less walked around. i think i didnt really get into it because the crowd just sat there. and then i think well they dont really like my music and what not.


Ha, its funny that you say that because thats pretty much what I did at the talent show last year.
#18
I'm going to give you the annoying but true answer - A mix of both. You can't just be standing there playing perfect or jumping all over but barely playing the actual song- you have to have the medium.

You can miss some notes here and there, because if you are jumping around and having fun too, most people won't care.
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as a musician ive always been thinking wether, if your playing a live show do you want to put on a good performance or play your music solid.???

whats your opinion on the matter?



I think you should be yourself. If part of what you have to offer is an energetic and/or visually interesting presentation, then you should do that.

If you don't have that though, It doesn't mean that you couldn't still put on a good show.

IMO a great musical performance is entertaining on it's own.

Trying to run around and act cool out of some obligation to your fans could end up looking unnatural, and make you look stupid.
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#21
play well. hire strippers.

it's 4 ugly guys on a stage. no one's there to watch you dance awkwardly. i mean, if you're james brown or jimi hendrix, do your thing, but people still listen to mozart, and nobody's dancing in the orchestra pit.
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#23
playing tighter than a nuns pussy, i say always be prepared to play accurately then, when your confident and you know all your songs note for note put some excitement into it and some feel! loosen up that holy pussy. pour some blood of christ up on that shit!
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as a musician ive always been thinking wether, if your playing a live show do you want to put on a good performance or play your music solid.???

whats your opinion on the matter?


This is america. Entertainment is the industry. How do you entertain? through stimuli. Both audio and visual stimuli.

Ergo: you need both.
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#25
just saying this from saving the forum from another thread. when you make your own songs. do you tend to make a song then add lyrics or do you write lyrics then create a song based with the lyrics? this always messes me up :S
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#26
first question, both, you need to entertain the non musicians and you need to show off to the other musicians


then your next question:

either or....

sometimes I come up with a chord progression then come up with lyrics, and other times I write lyrics, then hum the melody and figure it out on my guitar, then I figure out the key, write some chords under it and bam another song.....
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#27
just gonna say.. you can go absolutely nuts and still nail your songs.
i jump around headband waaay to hard do guitar spins all that jazz.
and i dont miss notes to often very rarely actually... just y'know, know your parts subconsciously.
#28
Stage presence is very important. Do what's natural to you doesn't work for most. You won't make it up with great musical performance.
Even with classical guitarists presence means a lot. They have their pose, accent the notes with their faces - you can see they put their whole body in it. When you're standing with your shoulders down staring at the sheet in front of you and maybe tap your foot once or twice on a rock gig -thats just wrong. It looks like you just don't care about the music and honestly you will never play your best acting like that.

Also if you start your gig like a dead squirrel it will be hard for you to change that during the show. You have to pump yourself up at the start and be very alive during the first song. If you start off dead for 3 songs and then start bouncing for the chorus of your 4th song THAT will look unnatural. Your legs will be stiff, you won't play relaxed. By the 5th song you will be even more glued to the spot asking yourself is it cool to step forward for the solo because your plan didn't work. And that great solo you practiced perfect imagining yourself alone in the spotlight, will become a bunch of missed notes and poor pitched bends.
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