I think it goes without saying (but I’m going to say it anyway) that you should know the chords and lyrics of any song you perform for an audience. But you should also be aware of what the song is really about so that you can be mentally prepared to perform it in a way that tells the story.
This way you are also in the right frame of mind to play solos and fills that are appropriate to the song. These, along with your vocal, should enhance the right mood and help to get the audience into that mood as well.
Within your bag of tricks you should already have effects and techniques that you can use to create and enhance the mood. These can also be used to make each song unique. This is important so that each song is capable of standing on its own.Continue reading Really Know The Songs You Perform Live