Andy’s Open Mic Tips
Andy's performance tips for emerging singer-songwriters. . . .
Don't be afraid to perform a cover song or two adding your own spin. Most likely, your audience does not know who you are. Presenting a "familiarity" can bring the audience closer to you. You might want to start by performing a cover (Not top 40 type), and then over time begin to introduce your own material.
Tune your instrument prior to taking the stage. It is pretty annoying to hear someone tune for even a couple of minutes.
Keep your songs under 4 minutes. This is all fairness to everyone else.
Don't start a jam session. If you are playing with other musicians, don't get carried away with solos. This is a sure way to piss off the host and bore the audience most of which are waiting their turn to play!
Acoustic guitarists should obtain a pick-up for the guitar. If you have an onboard EQ, all levels should up 50% and flat.
Do not talk too much. Long monologues, for the most part, are not that effective in this Open Mic environment. When and if you start to play gigs at hard ticket rooms, dialogues especially when combined with some humor, are great in getting the audience to know you and allowing them to enter your life for a brief time period.
And... Please refrain from loud conversations while others are playing.