Lots of musicians are comfy-cozy when it comes to playing through their songs on stage, but they freeze up when they have to tell a story, thank the crowd, draw attention to merch, or ask for email signups.
I’ve been one of those artists myself. In fact, I felt like I had a few “uhhh, what should I say now?” moments at my gig this past Friday night.
For artists like me who feel like the between-song banter is the hard part, Wade Sutton of Rocket to the Stars has posted a series of videos (embedded below) all about the art of talking to your audience.
Individually, they’re on the long-side for your average YouTube video — about 15 minutes each. But I think they’re worth watching, as Wade expounds on three main points:
1. You should practice your storytelling, jokes, banter, and calls-to-action as part of your rehearsal
2. You should NOT memorize your on-stage dialog verbatim
3. You should pay careful attention to your sentence structure and put the most important, resonant, hilarious, or heartbreaking phrases at the END of your monologues (or dialogs)
Anyways, that’s an oversimplified summary of his advice.
Check out his videos below for more details and examples, plus an explanation of WHY these things are crucial to putting on a good show.
How have you improved your speaking skills between songs? Let me know in the comments below.