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Monday, January 24, 2011

Open Mic Idea - Invite People to Perform With You

Next time you perform at an open mic, which I hope is soon, try inviting your fellow musicians to perform with you.

Pick out the best guitarist to play lead and pick a great vocalist to back you up on the harmonies. If there's a harp player, percussionist, or drummer in the crowd, invite them to join the fun.

Choose a 'standard' that everyone will know.

This exercise will provide you with the following benefits:

  • You'll make new friends
  • The crowd is more likely to listen when they see a new configuration on stage
  • If you're new to the open mic, the 'regulars' will be more accepting
  • You'll have more fun
I've seen this in action for years. It's a winner!

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