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In April we will focus on performance tips for songwriters and artists, venues to check out in Nashville and more!
HEATHER MORGAN ON PERFORMANCE
Watch our feature with Heather Morgan to hear her thoughts on putting rounds together and prepping for a gig.
PAST WORKSHOPS ON PERFORMANCE:
BLOG: 8 VENUES TO PLAY IN NASHVILLE
So, you want to be a Nashville songwriter. One of the biggest pieces of advice you will get is to write all the time and play out at writer’s rounds. Here’s your guide to the best places to play whether you’re visiting or local!
PAST BLOG ON PERFORMANCE: TOM JACKSON’S 3 NOTEWORTHY PERFORMANCE TOOLS
In a city full of talented songwriters and artists, it is tough to differentiate yourself from the competition you face at every bar, restaurant and coffee shop. You can’t go grab a bite to eat or even visit the farmer’s market without seeing your competition up on the tiny stage with their tip bucket and acoustic guitar in hand. With so much to compete with, it’s easy to file into line with everyone else and do what you think they are doing so that you can find equal (or even more) success. What can you do to make yourself stand out from the ever-constant noise of Music City? What can you do in your hometown that will make you the go-to singer or musician for every event?
Sometimes performing can be a songwriter's biggest fear. You have to stand on a stage and let people into your brain and your life and your stories like never before. Here are some exercises for the beginner performer to help you get out of your comfort zone.
1. Seek out a venue. Start an internet search of writer rounds in your area. List 3 places that are on the smaller size and list 3 that are goal venues for the future. Having the goal venues written down can help you prepare over time. The smaller venues are where you learn your comfort zone. This is where you solidify a home base of fans and test out your originals along with covers.
2. Make social media pages to invite fans to your shows. Around Nashville, venues want to know your social media numbers upon booking because they want to know you will bring them business. If you have a couple thousand people watching your everyday life on Facebook, YouTube or Instagram, there is a better chance of being booked because they know you have a group of fans already.
3. Practice everywhere! Go to flea markets, restaurants, open mics and everything in between to get comfortable playing in front of crowds. Make sure you go places that are filled with people other than your family and friends so you will get good feedback and make new connections. Sometimes being uncomfortable is the only thing that helps you to grow!
4. Host some house parties. House parties and dinner parties are great places to showcase your originals without fear of judgement from strangers. It also is a great time to receive helpful feedback and enjoy time with friends and family. Sometimes the ones we love most can help us with our dreams the most because they know exactly what we want to make of them.