Guitar Basics: Suddenly with a guitar in hand it can throw off even the most experienced of performers so you will maybe have to have the mind set as if you’re starting performing from scratch. You will need to build your confidence and perfect your stage craft. Read on for some guitar basics to help you when performing with a guitar.
Filming yourself is always a good idea when learning the guitar basics and may help you pick out your own faults whilst performing with a guitar before you get to that stage. For example, if you notice that you close your eyes too often or your right arm is particularly stiff, you can alter these before your important performances. Often singers find that they are looking down whilst performing with a guitar; this is a habit that cuts off engagement with the audience. Filming yourself is one of our most effective guitar basics, as it’s a real life performance that you’d not normally see.
HOT TIP! As well as guitar basics, it's important to remember performance is equally as important for a guitarist as it is for a singing, click here for stage performance tips for singers.
Assemble a Small Showcase
Performing with a guitar can be a daunting situation so it’s a good idea to try out some methods of performance with friends and family beforehand to see how you can apply the guitar basics. Set up a microphone stand as you would have in a stage setting and try out different methods of performing with a guitar. This gives you access to honest criticism from your select audience and can help refine your act, read on to find more guitar tips.
HOT TIP! Rehearse your set like you would play it live. That means ad-libbing in between tracks and thinking of some small talk which is better than the average ‘give me a second…’ whilst you tune up leaving the audience in silence, this is one of the most useful of our guitar basics and it’s a time filler.
Play Low Stress Performances
It’s worth trying out some of our guitar basics at some low key, less stressful performances perhaps some local Open Mic nights. That way it’s not going to be so crucial if you mess up and again if you film it you can constantly review and refine.
Make Sure Your Guitar is Set Up
It’s important when performing with your guitar live for your instrument to be in tune, your strap to be the correct height, and your batteries to be new if applicable. Also remember to carry back up equipment like spare batteries, cables and picks.
HOT TIP! Another one of our guitar basics is to buy yourself a pair of strap locks to protect your prized possession. It happens to often that a guitar strap doesn’t fit correctly or is weak and it breaks on stage.
Play With Enthusiasm
The audience doesn’t necessarily support the most talented performers, but rather the most enthusiastic ones. Extra points if you’re both. Enthusiasm doesn't have to be loud and gaudy-sincere love of what you're playing is enough. Enthusiasm is contagious, and truly enthusiastic performances are generally rare and appreciated. Being one of these performers will help as you’ll hopefully of learnt the guitar basics.
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