Every musician’s dream is to play on the big stage for thousands of people. A few fortunate ones get the opportunity to play the big stage on a regular basis. Some get their shot only to blow it. Seasoned musicians know the importance of being prepared for any circumstance on the big stage. When its show time anything can and probably will go wrong. Those who are prepared will not be shaken. Those who aren’t prepared will be shaken!
Vocal Warm-Up should be done 1 hour prior to show. It puzzles me to see vocalist eschew the warm up. I would compare that to driving an automobile with no oil in it. Cars engines die with no oil. So do voices. If you have confidence that your voice is strong and sounding great, issues with monitor mixes can be easily overcome.
Always have a back-up guitar on hand. When your guitar stops working or you break a string whats your plan? With only seconds to save a show or blow a show, having a back-up enables the quick save.
Bring that extra guitar cable. Ever notice that guitar cables never go bad when they aren’t plugged in? They seem to pick the most inopportune time to cause problems which is usually during a show. Check your cables in advance and always have a back-up for a quick change.
Install Fresh Batteries. Anyone using guitar pick-ups, wireless mics, wireless instrument packs and tuners should install fresh batteries before hitting the stage. Save the old ones for rehearsals. And always have back-ups on hand.
Tracks Plan B – Anyone using tracks should have a Plan B. Either have a backup computer booted up and ready to go or be prepared to make an immediate transition into a show without tracks.
When a 911 presents itself those who are prepared are able to think a clearer and act faster. Those who aren’t prepared experience a meltdown that could potential ruin a show.
Have you experienced 911 on the stage?