#1
I'm the singer in Virtues must live a Rock band from Newcastle, and we've been gigging pretty regularly and getting into the swing of it now. Fact is, i'm used to playing guitar live while i sing, however, i'm just the singer in this band, which i'm still getting used to. I'm just trying to see what you guys think i should do when i'm not singing.

I think it's boring to just stand around, and i try to keep myself away from a mic stand as much as i can, generally i opt not to have one. But my onstage moves are a little confined to Starjumps (an idea i stole from alien ant farm) a little jump on the spot here and there. Generally i'm failing at being an interesting frontman, which i feel is pretty integral part of my role in the band.

Any suggestions?
#2
Watch live videos of bands and see what the front men are doing. Why post on a message board when you can hop on over to Youtube?
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#5
Spin your mic like Roger Daltrey.
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#6
Just how long are these musical interludes? James LaBrie from Dream Theater has a little stool behind the speaker cabinet where he can go and sit, have a drink of water, take a nap, read half of Lord of the Rings, then pop back out in time for his next line.
Or he just stands back, next to the drum set, and plays the tambourine.
#7
Robert Plant turned his back to the crowd and kinda danced to the music.
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Just how long are these musical interludes? James LaBrie from Dream Theater has a little stool behind the speaker cabinet where he can go and sit, have a drink of water, take a nap, read half of Lord of the Rings, then pop back out in time for his next line.
Or he just stands back, next to the drum set, and plays the tambourine.

This description of dream theater was brilliant...

Just stand back and make sure that the focus is on the guitarist or lead player (=
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Just how long are these musical interludes? James LaBrie from Dream Theater has a little stool behind the speaker cabinet where he can go and sit, have a drink of water, take a nap, read half of Lord of the Rings, then pop back out in time for his next line.
Or he just stands back, next to the drum set, and plays the tambourine.


im sure he doesn't read that slowly that he'd only get halfway through

OT: if it's a solo, don't try to steal focus from the person soloing, if its just a part without singing, just have fun with it, don't think about it too much
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Quote by stratdax
Just how long are these musical interludes? James LaBrie from Dream Theater has a little stool behind the speaker cabinet where he can go and sit, have a drink of water, take a nap, read half of Lord of the Rings, then pop back out in time for his next line.
Or he just stands back, next to the drum set, and plays the tambourine.


HAHAHA

Or you could take another one from Labrie's book and start flailing your arms / punching at imaginary ghosts:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8h81PggfE8I


7:58 - Jazz Hands
8:04 - OMG I need to punch these ghosts

(don't get me wrong- I love Dream Theater)
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#11
bring teh nrg dood. just run around and jump and shit, the more energetic you are, the more energetic the crowd will be.
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#14
I'd say, run to grab a drink of water really quick. Nobody can blame you for doing that, and at least you won't be standing around doing nothing.
#16
I would say start by really listening to the music. Stop worrying about performing so much and just enjoy what your bandmates are doing, and let that enjoyment express itself however it's naturally going to express itself.

Don't feel like you have to "do" anything. Rather, enjoy the fact that you have the best seat in the house. What would you be doing if you were in the front row and it was your favorite band on stage? If you're too self conscious to do that (and if so, get over it, you're a frontman!) then slap a tambourine.