How has your view of performance changed over the years?

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Administrator Since: Apr 03, 2002

So, after a few year hiatus while my kids were younger, now that they are older, one in college, one in high school, I have gotten back into jamming, performing again for the last couple years.

I have to say, it's a whole different scene, and whole different thing, than it was in the past.

In the past it was about trying to be as good as possible on your instrument, and playing mostly for myself, songs I liked, or original material that we wrote...

Today, pushing 50 years old, myself and my bandmates (same general age bracket) I look at it all different...while of course as a musician you always strive to be the best you can be, the most important thing is the crowd having fun...the performance, getting people moving and having a good time...that is paramount...watching reactions to songs, keeping songs I may not like, but, the crowd does...

And oddly, the band I am in now is making a hell of a lot more money than any previous one was. LOL

Funny how that works.

With that said, who here has similar experiences regarding changing focus over the years?

I've found it to be an interesting journey the last couple years

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Since: Jan 28, 2003

Mar 19, 2017 12:06 am

I'm not sure if my view on performance has changed much, I've just gotten a lot better at it. And that just comes with practice and repetition. For me it's all about engaging the crowd, however I can. As an MC, I don't do covers very often, but I have a lot of ways I can get people into the performance even if they don't know the music. That being said, I don't really perform very often these days, and when I do it's for a smaller group in an intimate setting, so it's easier to draw people in.

Actually I was getting pretty stagnant musically (aka not writing, not doing anything really besides singing in the shower), but last November my buddy asked if I would do a short set before his band for a friends and family type show. It was so much fun, and it really inspired me to get back at it again.

Since: Apr 03, 2002

Mar 19, 2017 03:50 pm

Ya, that is a great point, it's about learning to be better at it too...I have noticed that over the years I wasn't necessarily getting better at it, but, being better at my instrument, and therefore being mentally freed up a little bit so I can "think" about the performance, over thinking about the instrument playing...which also helps.

Years ago I was so much more worried about playing great, instead of performing great...I guess my mental state changed to concentrate more on the performance, more than the playing.

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