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GETTING COMFY WITH THE STAGE - Part 4 & 5 (Take 2)

Posted on June 22, 2013 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (2)

As I suspected, Take 2 was different than Take 1! Good thing I took notes on both days, huh?


 

Parts 4 & 5 (Take 2) - Body language creates a sense of comfort

and

Performing is to share a piece of the soul


Today, I again asked the question, "What're some ...

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GETTING COMFY WITH THE STAGE - Part 4 & 5 (Take 1)

Posted on June 20, 2013 at 11:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Today and tomorrow will feature the same questions, but (possibly) different answers since half my class learned to beatbox today and the other half will learn tomorrow. (PROJECT Trio in da hizzy!)  I had originally planned on Day 4 being body language and Day 5 being a performance, but I decided to squish these two days together and teach the same class twice. So, tomorrow will have the same title, but will be Take 2.


Get on with it!

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GETTING COMFY WITH THE STAGE - Part 3

Posted on June 20, 2013 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)

My students in my stage presence class are pretty supremely awesome. I keep throwing crazy things at them and they're really going for it and giving it a shot. Here is today's brainstorm.



Part 3 - 100% Comimitment to Choices

Today's question was, "What makes an actor believable?"

  • Tone of voice
  • Appropriate emotion to the scene
  • Facial expression
  • Natural speak...

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GETTING COMFY WITH THE STAGE - Parts 1 & 2

Posted on June 18, 2013 at 11:15 PM Comments comments (0)

This week, I have the privilege of teaching at Floot FIre - Metroplex in Dallas, Texas! I'm teaching masterclasses, chamber music groups, and two electives, one of which is entitled "Getting Comfy with the Stage". Each day in this class, we are attacking a different aspect of having good stage presence and begin each day with a little brainstorm. 


Because my students are supremely awesome (and because I...

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THE LITTLE THINGS THE AUDIENCE SEES AND APPRECIATES

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Remember, the audience can see you during your performance, so they’re going to see the little things. Since last week’s post was rather pissy, I thought I’d be a little more positive this week. Let’s talk about the stuff we do, that the audience sees and enjoys seeing.


Like what?


The simple, silent leg applause that musicians give to ...

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PHONES

Posted on April 28, 2013 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

So sorry for the lack of posts for almost a year! I hope to get back in the swing of things and be updating regularly on Sundays again. My last post (from almost a year ago) stated that I would be writing “Knowing Your Visual Habits.” I lied. I’m going to talk about phones first.


Your phone should never audibly go off during rehearsal. Ever. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. If you leave your ringer on and it goes off during rehearsal, you should be fin...

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DON'T BE AN A**HOLE

Posted on May 28, 2012 at 1:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Musicians are humans and just like every human in the world, we like to complain. We like to dig our heels in. We like to say “NO!” when it’s just as easy to say, “let’s try it.” So, today’s post is Don’t Be an A**hole. Please.


Let’s start with saying, “let’s try it” instead of saying “no.”


We are all painfully aware that the arts are struggling right now. Strugglin...

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FOLKS WHO WORK BEHIND THE SCENES

Posted on May 23, 2012 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

We all know to play nice with the conductors, the executive directors and the personnel managers. I mean these are the people who’ve hired us to play music and could ensure that we never work for them again if we perform badly or act like jerks. But these are not the only people who deserve our respect and congeniality.


A wise man (my dad) once told me that you should always make friends with the people who work behind the scenes - custodians, secretaries, stagehands, ...

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SPEAKING FROM THE STAGE

Posted on May 6, 2012 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

I highly encourage everyone to speak during their performances. Speaking during the performance creates a connection between performer and audience and the stronger the connection, the better the performance will feel for all parties. In addition, by breaking that “fourth wall” (the invisible wall at the front of the stage separating the audience from the stage action), you bring the audience into your world and because this seems to be a rare occurrence in performances, audience...

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EXAMPLES OF APPROPRIATE ATTIRE

Posted on April 29, 2012 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

I’ve spent the last three weeks rambling on and on about what is and what i...

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