FIND MUSICIANS – FIND MUSICIANS TO WORK WITH
Why it is important for singers to work with and find musicians
Find Musicians – Find musicians to work with: As a singer your only instrument is your vocals, which you will want to accentuate as much as possible. That is why it is really important that when you are performing or recording music that you find musicians that are going to accompany your vocal at least at the same level and highlight your voice to its best potential.
Find Musicians – Why?
HOT TIP! You are only as good as your worst musician!
Performing with a musician who plays out of tune or inconsistent with timing is only going to reflect on you and in most cases put you out of tune or mess up your timing. This highlights how important it is to find musicians who are skilled enough to work with you successfully.
Find Musicians – Working with Good Musicians
If the musician is part of your act on stage the following is important:
- There is a synergy of image i.e. they look part of your act.
- There is a synergy in the performance, that they do perform and they feel part of the act.
- An engagement and understanding between singer and musician.
The above will all come together if you practise hard, communicate well and have the ability.
Find Musicians – What make a Good Musician
A “good” musician doesn’t just mean that they are technically advanced or experienced on their instrument, obviously that is important, but it also refers to your compatibility with them. As a singer you need your accompanying musicians or band to work around you.
HOT TIP! Don’t rush the process when trying to find musicians. The more time you spend finding them, the more valuable they’ll be.
If you make a mistake a good musician should be able to improvise around it making the mistakes appear intentional. Experienced musicians who share a good rapport know each others strengths and weaknesses and know how to work around them.
Communication between singers and other musicians is also really important when you’re trying to find musicians. Singers need to be able to indicate when the musicians need to slow down, speed up or stop the music often through signals that can be integrated into their performance so that the audience are unaware of their directions. Singers need to be able to indicate their preferences with a nod or a look and the musicians need to take action to the new direction whilst keeping the flow of song. Building relationships can often take a long time, but working with good musicians is essential to giving the best performance you can.
FIND MUSICIANS – FIND MUSICIANS TO WORK WITH
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