In that line, I give pointers on how to deliver A Good Quality Performance.
There are some basic points that I will discuss in this article and I will explain why they are important. Bearing in mind that performances may take shape in a multitude of environments I will do my best to cover a variety of scenarios.
1. When you are performing on stage give positive body language.
This would mean having good posture, having your arms unfolded, giving good eye contact to your audience. Remember that in some arenas there are balconies and you may have people seated upstairs. These audience members like to be acknowledged too. Positive body language shows that you are present and that you want to be where you are.
2. Find the centre of your stage.
It's important to have your presence in the middle of the stage. Especially if you are a solo artist. If you are in a group; you and your group members will have to spread yourselves evenly across the stage using the centre mark as your guide.
The importance of this in most cases is because of lighting perimeters and monitor perimeters. Lighting and sound perimeters in most cases only go so far when you are on stage. If you come out of the lighting perimeters you will not be seen and you will not be able to hear yourself if you come out of the sound perimeters.
3. Use your Microphone carefully.
When using a microphone do not point it at the monitors!
If you do you will have a sound called FEEDBACK, which will be very uncomfortable for your audience and you.
On occasions I have seen performers have this issue during their performance and it effects their overall presentation in a negative manner.
If you forget and this happens try your best to remain calm and remember to keep your microphone away from the monitors.
4. Always have a 'Plan B'.
Sometimes when you are performing things go wrong.
You may have technical difficulties or you forget the words of the song.
With technical difficulties remain calm and explain to your audience what is happening. This will give the sound engineer time to stop all music and fix the issue.
Bearing this in mind you don't want to be standing around on stage.
You could apologize to your audience and come back on stage when it is fixed, sing an acapella whilst you are waiting or keep calm & continue with your performance whilst the sound engineer corrects the issue.
It really depends on how confident you are. However, knowing what you would do in these scenarios always helps to support you in doing your best to have a plan if things go wrong.
In regards to forgetting the words.
Sometimes it works out ok if you laugh it off.
You are the performer and you are in control.
Always remain calm take a deep breath and you shall be able to remember the words and find your way back.
Sometimes ad-libbing helps too.
5. 'Crowd Participation'.
Audiences love to be involved in your performance one way or another.
This can be done by encouraging them to clap with you, sing with you and or getting them to say a couple of words to get them warmed up for your performance.
I've used all three.
With confidence they all work because confidence is key.
6. Show Gratitude!
Showing your audience that you are grateful for their presence by bowing, saying "Thank You!" and or blowing kisses are a must.
This lets them know you appreciate their effort to attend.
This makes a difference in having an audience member interested in you and your artistry to having a supporter for life.
7. Use Introductions.
Introductions may take many forms.
You could have a host introduce you and then you reintroduce yourself.
Or you could tell a joke or a short story and incorporate this with letting your audience know who you are.
This helps to make your performance more personal and your audience has the opportunity to know more about you.
I hope this article helps to support you in your journey for a good quality performance.
Singing Student at the V WKMT Music Festival