#1
Hi folks.

I'v taken up doing a lot of acoustic gigs with voice and acoustic guitar. I also watch a lot of other people doing this.

One thing I often feel is an awkwardness in the audience about when or whether to applause (clap, scream, whistle, cheer etc.). Especially with originals.

I sense this often when I am in the audience and some times when I perform.

An audience should never feel awkward at a show, and this is not nice for the performer either.

One obvious thing that can cause this is the audience just not knowing if it is the end of a song. Another is that no one wants to be the first (and risk being the only) person to clap.


I have got in to the habbit of just saying 'thank you' at the end of a song if I sense any awkwardness. But I think this is a bit to school boy 'please listen to my song grandma'.

I have also ended up saying 'thank you' like that when I didnt need to and speaking over whats actually a very nice applause.

Does any one have any better tips on how to avoid awkwardness, highlight the end of the song and queue applause?

Remember I am playing solo, so no full band interactions.

Thanks
Last edited by jkielq91 at Oct 9, 2013,
#2
play better songs and play better. pay attention to what they like and don't like and evolve your set around that. watch others and take mental notes on what's working or not. one thing i noticed, rhythm. if you don't have good rhythm, they wont care. just strumming and singing doesn't mean you are playing rhythm, it's way more than that. the more you make people want to move, the more likely they will be to applaud.
#3
Quote by Blind In 1 Ear
play better songs and play better. pay attention to what they like and don't like and evolve your set around that. watch others and take mental notes on what's working or not. one thing i noticed, rhythm. if you don't have good rhythm, they wont care. just strumming and singing doesn't mean you are playing rhythm, it's way more than that. the more you make people want to move, the more likely they will be to applaud.

Good tips.

But the thing is not that they dont applaude because they do.

Its just some times you get an awkward 1 or 2 second delay where they dont know if it is the right time to applaude.
#4
dude, its the way it is, you got no control over it. When im in the audience and i really like a piece, i clap as soon as the song is finished and the music has finished it's sentence.
if i don't like a song, i don't clap and if i really dont care for it i might clap some or not.

Anyway, maybe most of the audience isnt that interested in the music. Maybe they are, all im saying is you got no control over it anyway so who cares, play the best music you want to play and enjoy it.
If you're playing for the applause you're gonna have a hard time playing good music anyhow.
Last edited by Ignore at Oct 9, 2013,