If you want to move your music career forward in fast motion then you must master the art of the live performance. The most successful music artists have a great live show. If you want proof, just check out the Grammy Awards. The best performances are memorable and keep you excited long after the artist has left the stage.

So how to you master the art of the live show? I have put together 3 tips most successful live performers have in common. I have also personally used these 3 methods in my career to become a better performer.

Here are the 3 tips:

1. Visualize the performance from start to finish

2. Rehearse, Rehearse, Rehearse

3. Expect the unexpected.

1. Visualize the performance from start to finish

This tip requires you to use your imagination. Yes, I said it…your imagination. You can visualize your way to success. Before each show, take some time to see how YOU want your show to go from beginning to end. Actually the beginning and the end are the most important parts of your show.

You want to make these two parts of your show memorable. How do you want the crowd to react to your performance? Visualize this and you will be surprised at the results when you really hit the stage.

2. Rehearse, Rehearse, Rehearse

Even the most inexperience fan of live shows can tell when a performance has been poorly put together. Once you have taken your show from your mental realm through visualization, the absolute best thing you can do is rehearse your performance.

Rehearsing helps you get the kinks out of your show. Rehearsing also helps you to plan your show the way you want it to go. Anything can happen while you are on the stage. A fan could get on the stage. Your microphone could have problems. You may be ill during a performance. When I say anything, I mean anything!

Rehearsing keeps all those little gremlins for messing up your show. If you are a vocalist it also helps you get your breathing together BEFORE you actually hit the stage.

3. Expect the unexpected.

I was taught long ago to expect the unexpected. Another way of saying this is “always be prepared”. As I mentioned the above tip, anything can happen when you are on the stage. Be prepared for some ‘freakiness’ at some point in your career.

Here is the real tip in this though: 90% of what happens next after a live performance incident is in direct relation to your attitude. Will you see the incident and become positive or negative? The choice is totally up to you.

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