This post was supposed to have been posted yesterday, but since it wasn’t, I’m still going to post it today. Every day is a great day to be grateful for independence! This is a cover of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young‘s Find the Cost of Freedom. This is the Looking Back band (Ralph Perez. Mike Toombs, and me).
I am often asked the question, “Do I need a musical background to learn guitar?”
I think the fear from the folks who haven’t previously picked up an instrument is that it will be too hard or too time consuming. Maybe they have had experiences with music in the past that were difficult and they are worried the guitar will be the same way.
Good news! Check out my video and I’ll tell you my thoughts!
If you have been following my videos or are one of my guitar students you are most likely familiar with the idea of practicing your guitar…how long, how often, and even how to practice (practice does NOT make perfect…only perfect practice makes perfect!)
BUT…you may not have thought of practicing your stage presence to make it better! For example, I have always loved performing with my guitar. What I didn’t realize was the way I looked and the way I talked really didn’t seem to show the crowd that I was enjoying it (I was looking down instead of straight out at the audience, etc). I had to practice and learn how to look out and speak to an audience so they could realize that I I was enjoying it as much as I really was!
Here are my top tips on different ways you can improve how you look and act on stage. If you have watched yourself on stage (via video) and are frustrated with your performances, remember to stay positive and enjoy the process of learning and becoming better. With a little practice your new, improved performance habits will become natural!
One of the reasons many people start learning how to play the guitar (and want to learn guitar fast) is to perform in front of others. As my own students have started performing I have noticed (and they have told me) that one of the hardest things to do is to talk to audiences.
In this video I discuss what “dead spaces” are during a performance and what you can do to learn how to talk to audiences and overcome stage fright by being prepared!