What Not To Do At Gigs: Helpful Music Career Tips from TakeLessons

/EINPresswire.com/ TakeLessons, the nation's fastest growing music lessons provider, shares some important things for musicians to avoid at gigs.

Cee Lo Green found himself amidst some controversy this week when he switched up the lyrics for John Lennon's "Imagine" during a live New Year's Eve performance. Instead of singing "Nothing to kill or die for. And no religion too," the line was changed to "And all religion's true." Needless to say, Lennon fans raced to the Internet to voice their less-than-pleased opinions on the matter. Behold, the power of live TV.

Performing live can give musicians a sense of power; all eyes are on them, and at that moment, it's possible to make or break a career. TakeLessons (http://takelessons.com), the nation's fastest growing music lessons provider, took the opportunity to share with blog readers a list of what not to do at upcoming gigs they book, in order to ensure many more to come.

The following is an excerpt from the blog post:

"1. DON'T…Show Up Late
Promoters and venues ask you to arrive at a certain time for a good reason. They need that time to load you in and get soundcheck set up. They are asking you to be there at that time so they can give you everything you need to have a great show. They're not doing it to inconvenience you, and they're not doing it because they just like to stand around for hours before a show actually begins.

Don't arbitrarily decide that you think load-in is too early or that you won't really need all that time for soundcheck. When you don't arrive on time, no one else can do their jobs. Plus, it means that the promoter and venue may be paying people to stand around and do nothing while they await your fashionably late arrival - something that is not going to endear you to them. When you come late, you send the whole operation into panic mode and make what should be a calm time of prepping for a good show a completely stressful few hours instead - and that could affect your set.

2. DON'T…Abuse the Guest List
Even if a promoter or venue loves your music, that doesn't mean that they want to lose money on your show. It may seem to you like you should be able to bring anyone into your show you want for free, but the thing is, your guest list spots aren't REALLY free - they may just feel that way to you. Somewhere, someone is giving up the ticket price of every person who walks through the door gratis. You should negotiate with the promoter or venue up front how many guest list places you'll get - and then leave it at that. Don't go out before the show, waltz around town, pick up an entourage and promise them all free entry to the show. What you're really doing then is asking the promoter or venue to fund your friends' nights out. How is that fair?

3. DON'T…Overstay (or Understay) Your Welcome
This one is especially important if you are not the headlining band - but even if you are, it is important to adhere as closely to any pre-determined set length as possible. These stage times are drawn up to make sure the whole night runs smoothly, from changeovers to giving the venue enough time after your show to get everyone out and clean up. If you're one of the support bands, if you go over, you're taking time away from the headliners - a big, big no-no. If you are the headliners, the time you're asked to wrap things up may have something to do with noise ordinance laws, licensing laws and all sorts of other regulations - your failure to stick by the plan could have serious consequences for the venue."

By sharing the tips with blog readers, TakeLessons hopes to continue engaging current students and help with any musical goals they may have. Readers are invited to share their thoughts by commenting on the TakeLessons blog, where they can also read tips for setting goals, and comments are also welcomed on Facebook (http://facebook.com/takelessons).

About TakeLessons
Headquartered in San Diego, CA, TakeLessons is America's full-service music and voice lessons provider. With private lessons taught by TakeLessons Certified™ instructors in cities nationwide, students of all ages can start living their dreams through music. Founded in 2006 to help people discover their creativity and pursue their passions, TakeLessons also offers turnkey music programs for schools and community centers.

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