In this Tour Tips segment, the acoustic artist, Alex Hedley, gives you some advice for being on the road. You can check out the feature, after the break.
1.) Knowing your limits when it comes to singing can be really useful and then trying to stick to those guidelines will help as if you do too much losing your voice when you’re supposed to be showing up for a gig in a few hours to a room full of people can be really stressful and make things not so fun.
2.) Busking in tunnels on days off is a good way to get money and practice… you will probably need to do some covers to get some decent money though but all depends on what your songs are like I suppose… Busking can be pretty addictive if you start getting some money though and it’s also easy to continue for too long and ruin your voice.
3.) Sometimes things are really stressful and a good way to look at things is that when it’s good it’s fun and when it’s bad it’s funny… because unless you’re a really lucky band there’s going to be so much stuff going wrong all the time so you have to find little ways to cope with things like that… or maybe it’s just for me that things are difficult haha who knows.
4.) Having backups of all of your equipment that you really need for the show is always a good thing as one small part gone from the whole puzzle can really screw up the show that you’ve been planning.
5.) Tying up leads makes your life A LOT easier… I’ve only just started doing this as I’m generally quite an un-together person… but opening up a case of leads that are all tangled (especially if you use a lot of equipment) can easily add ten minutes of stressful untangling… I think one of the key points is to try and not get stressed before the show so time keeping with parking, tying up leads all that sort of stuff can really help so that you can set up with ease and then enjoy the set…
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