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juannaman
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 11:32 am 
 

how do you make yourself standout when you are singing and playing guitar at the same time, it's easier with just a microphone in hand to move around and connect with the crowd but when you have to play tight rhythm guitar at the same time I find it impossible to notice the crowd
and i'm just too focused on my playing and vocals

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ShaolinLambKiller
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 1:15 pm 
 

The only thing you should focus on is your playing and your vocals. You are already a focal point since you are the vocalist.
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juannaman
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 8:52 pm 
 

good point there but i don't agree entirely

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ShaolinLambKiller
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 2015 12:27 am 
 

I know what you are saying basically wanting to thrash about more, but that's only secondary. if you have some time to do some headbanging or finger pointing to the crowd, throw it in if it doesn't fuck up anything.

i speak from the same standpoint for the band I'm currently playing live in. and we are just a 2 piece so it's pretty much make sure I don't fuck up and get the vocals out nice and strong. everything else is secondary.
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MawBTS
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Joined: Sat Aug 30, 2014 2:16 am
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 2015 3:14 am 
 

There isn't really a whole lot you can do. Move around the stage a bit when not singing. Point with with your free hand when playing open notes.

Get on the other members' cases to help make the show more interesting.

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somefella
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 2015 2:00 pm 
 

If you can't prance around or get fist-pumping chants started without compromising your playing, then don't.
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Wrath_Of_War
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2015 5:29 pm 
 

I do vocals/guitar in my black metal band, and we're a two piece, so I always picture everyone getting bored watching us. I cover myself in blood, and walk away from the microphone when the drummer does his vocal parts. That's about it.
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Commandaunt
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 4:29 am 
 

It shouldn't be too hard to throw in some headbanging and movement on the stage. All I do is headbang when I'm not playing guitar and I get plenty of comments about "showmanship" as you'd call it. Try to look authoritative and enthusiastic I guess.

Gonna drop this here because I haven't really shared a live video of us anywhere yet. Lucky you :). Maybe OP will get something from what I do - probably not, but maybe.

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Twisted_Psychology
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 6:12 pm 
 

Personally, I try to headbang as much as I can and move around the stage where I'm not doing vocals. I also try to get some decent one-liners in the stage banter but I think just having an imposing stage presence can go a long way if your movement isn't as free as you'd like. Bassist/singer here but I suppose the same logic applies.
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juannaman
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2015 10:35 pm 
 

Commandaunt wrote:
It shouldn't be too hard to throw in some headbanging and movement on the stage. All I do is headbang when I'm not playing guitar and I get plenty of comments about "showmanship" as you'd call it. Try to look authoritative and enthusiastic I guess.

Gonna drop this here because I haven't really shared a live video of us anywhere yet. Lucky you :). Maybe OP will get something from what I do - probably not, but maybe.


damn that is not bad at all, it's a shame i have a grease hair cut

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CorpseFister
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 27, 2015 5:00 pm 
 

I think regardless of what you're playing it takes a while to develop showmanship. Focus on the music first and (hopefully) your stage presence will improve over time.

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wyzt
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 28, 2015 12:13 pm 
 

Practice whatever you do at your practice space or whatever too. Don't play like your in shoegaze at practice and then go crazy at a show cause you probably won't be used to it and fuck up. A lot of the time you are stuck at the microphone so you cant really headbang or anything, so you don't have a ton of options but you also don't really NEED to do as much. Try to get as good as you can at playing without looking at your hands so you aren't at the microphone singing while staring down at your hands immobile. That way you can still kinda move around the microphone aggressively while looking out into the audience. Thats really all you can do.

When you aren't singing just take a few steps back, and do what all guitarists do on stage, headbang, etc.

An even simpler answer is look up live videos of bands that have a vocalist/guitarist and you'll see pretty much the same things.
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