#1
So yeah, im in a band with one of my best friends - it's just the two of us, and we both play acoustics.

we've got a fairly big gig coming up, and because he does most of the singing, i usually end up standing around like a bit of a tool.

basically, what im asking, is there a way that we could set up and stand while playing, which would make me seem like less of an introvert?

and also, what makes it easier to talk to the audience?
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#2
A friend of mine and I did the same thing a while back, an acoustic duo that is. I did all the singing and we both played. We both sat for the gigs, on almost like bar stools. It didn't seem awkward, you can try that. Depends on what kind of audience you have. If you have like a coffee place, everyone is usually laid back and it's a very relaxed environment. Everyday conversation should work any scenario but don't let it stray to far from the music. You are there to play not chit chat. Good luck with the gig.
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#3
watch some tenacious d videos
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yeah, the coffe-house things worked real well, but this one's more of a "proper" gig, at one of the biggest venues around here...

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#5
Each of you could stand side by side, of course with a relatively good distance between the two of you, and even if you aren't doing any singing or anything, it would make it look more "equal" if you also had a mic stand.

If you can, maybe attempt to do a little background singing, perhaps to the chorus. Also, if there are any lead parts you're doing, maybe walk up a little farther towards the audience than the other member.

As far as talking goes, I'm not really sure. We don't do a whole lot of commentary, we just introduce the song and then play it. Usually our singer makes a comment about, "Okay, time to start drinking." when we take a break and believe it or not, a lot of people really get cracked up by that.
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#6
As someone already said, you could do backing vocals or if you don't sing then kinda move around a bit, don't just stand there only playing guitar.

Mention your myspace or whatever if you've got one and announce the next song you're playing etc.
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A friend of mine and I did the same thing a while back, an acoustic duo that is. I did all the singing and we both played. We both sat for the gigs, on almost like bar stools. It didn't seem awkward, you can try that. Depends on what kind of audience you have. If you have like a coffee place, everyone is usually laid back and it's a very relaxed environment. Everyday conversation should work any scenario but don't let it stray to far from the music. You are there to play not chit chat. Good luck with the gig.

+1 to this idea. I always see acoustic guys playing on stools. I saw alice in chains and they all sat down to play anb acoustic set in the middle of the show. Allman bros do this too. I always see guys at bars on stools with acoustics. If i were to play an acoustic set i would totally be sitting down.

Just say thank you for the apluase. If you want you can say were going to do a little number by such and such and then play. Just keep playing dont stop and feel like you have to talk at all really. Certainly dont start talking politics. I dont know what makes people to say shit about goverment while there playing shows i hate that. I ljust saw willy nelson last wednesday night. He was awsome and just kept playing one song and then another barely talked at all. What he does do though is make eyebcontact with the crowd and smile all the time and gets really into it. THats better than talking. Bob Dylans son opened for him it was really cool.
#9
Also, don't play the same things on acoustic. I see this all too often. Two guys playing acoustic playing the exact same thing. You might as well not have another guitarist if you do that. Same thing as like george strait.. he plays acoustic.. stops playing, you don't hear any difference. Because he's playing for show, not for sound, and that's a rip off to the people watching you.
(Not saying George Strait can't play guitar.. just that you can't hear him playing in concert so it's pointless).
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#10
yeah, we have like, different strumming/picking patterns etc, and i usually play riffs, while he plays guitar
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#11
From what Im getting, you just need to watch some videos of the pros. Tenacious D especially, since JB humorisly depicts KG as a backup tool most of the time even though he is obviously much more than that. And really (tangeant) its that depiction that allows fans to see what an amazing guitarist Kage is.
and stuff like this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENjfFShU-2I

Youre playing lead so that makes you Jerry Cantrell
Just keep comfortable. Be more active if it suits you. And consider singing backup.
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