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Monday, February 16, 2009

Audience Participation - Part 2

Use music trivia to engage your audience.

Pick a great 'one-hit-wonder' tune, (I like, 'Hold Me Now' by the Thompson Twins.) Tell the audience, 'the first person to tell me the original band/artist for this next song wins one of my CDs!'

This does two things.
  1. It makes the audience pay attention to you and the song
  2. It draws attention to your CD without having to 'get in their face'

If you can engage your audience, you, and they, will have a better time.

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Monday, February 9, 2009

Audience Participation

In an earlier article I proposed that putting an extra mic on-stage is a good way of encouraging audience participation.

The more you can engage your audience, the better the experience will be for you and for them.

Here's another way to get your audience, 'in the game.'

1. Shaky Eggs - Purchase 10-20 percussive 'eggs' from Sam Ash or another retailer. LP makes a great 'egg' at a reasonable price. Distribute one-egg per table. Give a short demonstration to the crowd on their proper use. Encourage the audience to play along with your songs.

Collect the 'eggs' at the end of the show. You'll lose a couple on occasion, but the increased tips will more than cover the expense.

You can also order 'eggs' from LP with custom printing on them ( So, the 'eggs' that get 'legs' still have a lasting value to you.

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