Most singer songwriter 节目s are completely boring. Here’s why.
我刚刚在播放了一个名为#songwritersundays的新歌曲作者系列 狐狸与猎犬 在Studio City，CA中。他们在本周日系列节目中吸引了相当多的音乐家和音乐爱好者支持。毫无疑问，每个星期天这个地方都挤满了观众 默默地听 给表演艺术家。
This isn’t a glamorous event. There’s no stage. The artists setup in front of the front window, and for all intents and purposes it’s a bar. But what makes these 节目s special, is the crowd.
Run and booked by musicians and music lovers, these nights have become somewhat of a hidden gem of the Valley. Most people in the house are other singer songwriters checking out the talent. And unlike the pay-to-play clubs on Sunset Strip, the singer songwriters are paid a guarantee for their performance. And the 节目 is free for attendees.
Before the 节目, a woman came up to me and mentioned that she was going to review my 节目 for a publication she writes for. We got to chatting and she asked me a curious question, “why are most singer songwriter 节目s unmemorable?” Taken aback (being a singer songwriter) I asked her to expound. She said that most singer songwriter 节目s she walks away from she can’t remember a single song they played and nothing sticks out to her about the 节目.
Most singer songwriter 节目s ARE boring. But that doesn’t mean that the singer songwriter genre is boring.
So, dear singer songwriters, here are 8 reasons why 您r 节目s CAN BE boring as hell:
1) Your 嘲笑 Is Bland Or Non-existent
When 您’re starting off, 您 aren’t going to have great stage banter. It doesn’t come naturally. Just like 您r instrument, 您 have to practice it. Work at it. Stand up comics don’t come out of the womb funny. They work at it for years and years. As do singer songwriters.
“If 您’re an introvert, 您 can be an introvert, but be a confident one.”
And there’s no one way to customize 您r stage banter. Be an enhanced version of 您r best self. You have to do what makes sense for 您r personality. If 您 have an extremely dry sense of humor don’t try to be bubbly, be dry! But be hilariously dry. If 您’re goofy, be goofy. If 您’re an introvert, 您 can be an introvert, but be a confident one. And if 您 aren’t going to tell hilariously extravagant stories, then the few words 您 speak softly into the mic should set the crowd at ease.
No matter what 您r stage persona is, 您 never want the audience to feel uncomfortable.
Fans come up to me all the time and reminisce about 节目s they’ve seen of mine in years past. They retell me a story I told that night. Most of the time the story was a spontaneous moment of inspiration I had on stage and I don’t remember what they’re talking about. But they do. People will remember the stories and jokes 您 told much longer than they’ll remember the songs 您 played that night.
You play the same songs every night in every city and every venue. What makes 您r 节目 special for those in the house are the 事情s 您 do differently for them. Playing off the crowd, the city, the restaurant 您 ate at this morning, the people talking in the back, the cowboy hat in the front row, the girl on her cell phone. These are 事情s that the crowd will remember if 您 point them out from the stage and joke about it. These are how to make 您r banter special and funny as hell.
There’s nothing more annoying to me than a singer songwriter who only plays one instrument and plays it poorly. You don’t have to be Bonnie Raitt 要么 John Mayer on 您r instrument, but 您 should at least be capable. You should master 您r style of playing.
“Whatever 您 do with 您r instrument, do it well!”
Looking down at 您r fingers on the guitar changing from a G chord to a D chord while slipping in and out of place is completely unacceptable. You should not be performing in public until 您 have mastered 您r instrument in the style 您 are playing in. Sure, there’s always room for improvement and 您 can always alter 您r playing style. If 您 can’t solo, don’t take solos. Whatever 您 do with 您r instrument, do it well!
The professional singer songwriters who suck at guitar (but just use it as a songwriting instrument) will hire a guitar player for their 节目s and just sing. That’s fine! Just don’t sit up on stage and suck at 您r instrument. That detracts from whatever brilliance 您 have within 您r songs.
But word to the wise, 您 will drastically decrease 您r costs if 您 can become capable at 您r instrument and don’t need to hire out every time 您 play a 节目.
You’re a singer SONGWRITER. It’s in 您r title. 你的歌一定很棒。 Spend time writing and rewriting and rewriting.
Most great songwriters write 5 songs for every 1 they actually use. Not everything any songwriter writes is gold. Dylan threw out a TON of songs that we never heard. So why do 您 think every song 您 write is good enough for the 节目? I’ll give 您 a tip, they’re not.
Make sure 您r songs have hooks, memorable refrains 要么 choruses and have lyrics that aren’t generic. Pop can get away with cliches and blandness because it has BUMPING production beneath it. Singer songwriters cannot. Your songs should be creative, intriguing, enticing, stimulating, thought provoking, and life changing. If 您r lyrics don’t evoke SOME kind of emotion, rework them until they do. And never settle.
This is the least cool 事情 to talk about, 但它’s important. And for some reason ladies understand this concept way more than dudes. You’re standing on stage inviting people to look at 您 for 45 minutes. Give them something 有趣 (and memorable) to look at! You don’t have to go all Gene Simmons, but wear something that is patently 您.
You’re an artist. Be artistic! Embrace 您r quirks. Like 您r banter, 您r outfit should 节目case the best version of 您rself. Dress UP! Be different. If 您 look plain, people will think 您r music is plain. Wear what feels right for 您. Something that sets 您 apart.
As someone who has had fans tattoo my lyrics on them, I can say I’ve passed this test. These are the lines that people walk away from 您r 节目 remembering. They stand on their own. They give people pause.
What are 您r tattoo lines?
Trey learned a few songs on piano so he could trade off (even though there are few living guitar players better than him). He wasn’t very good at piano, but capable, and made his 节目 that much more 有趣.
First, master 您r main instrument. Then experiment with bringing another instrument into the mix. YOU don’t have to play multiple instruments, but either play with a band 要么 another musician who can alter the sound of 您r 节目 enough to treat the audience’s ears.
If 您’re playing in front of a crowd with mostly people who have never heard 您 before, it’s 不错 to throw in a cover as a reward for sitting through a bunch of songs they’ve never heard before.
No matter how brilliant 您r songs are, it is overwhelming for someone to hear 10 of them back to back for the first time. So break it up with a cover. And make sure it’s a cover 您r audience will know. There’s no sense in playing an obscure cover from the 80s by a band only 327 people in Australia know. Play a song, in 您r style, that everyone in 您r crowd will enjoy.
8) You 唐’t Perform
This seems like a no brainer, but 您’re PERFORMING on stage, so PERFORM! Don’t stand there like 您 hate life, hate performing, hate the audience and are completely dead inside. If 您 truly do hate all these 事情s then why are 您 performing?
Go record somewhere and never play out. Or go write a novel. Put on a damn 节目! Yes, even though 您’re opening up parts of 您r soul to the audience, it’s not enough! I know that’s tough to hear. So, work on 您r banter, work on how 您 perform the songs. You don’t have to bounce around the stage, but give them something memorable.
Ben Folds throws 事情s at his piano and pounds on the keys frequently popping strings mid 节目.
Ed Sheeran和Andrew Bird循环播放。
英格丽·迈克尔森（Ingrid Michaelson）的戏要比大多数人好，可以在钢琴和夏威夷四弦琴之间切换，还可以将好莱坞碗（Hollywood Bowl）变成客厅，并使家里的每个人都像她最好的朋友。
Ben Harper is equally strong playing a solo acoustic 节目 as a full band rock experience.
Ani DiFranco tears up her guitar and leaves a pint of blood on stage for her solo 节目s.
Sara Bareilles and 杰森 Mraz are two of the strongest singers in the scene and both have equally 招待ing stage personas.
As a singer songwriter, I don’t want people generalizing the entire genre as “boring” because I know 它没有’t have to be. So, please, help out the scene and bring the excitement back into the category.