This week we’re finding out exactly what makes an ‘authentic’ accompaniment
We singers want our audience to believe in us, to trust that our performance is genuine. For decades instruments such as the acoustic guitar and piano have been synonymous with authenticity. Accordingly using backing or instrumental tracks can sometimes be seen as a substitute for the real thing. However, can the manner in which we are accompanied really compromise our authenticity? This week we’d like to hear your thoughts on this.
So the question is: Does using a live instrument for accompaniment as opposed to a backing track make your performance more authentic?
Great Comments from last week:
Last week I asked: Does anyone have any useful hints & tips for remembering their lyrics?
Matt Mathews posted:
“Read the lyrics through in meter time, at least 5 times. It then becomes part of your subconscious mind for instant recall. or you could just invest in a teleprompter like the one Pres. Obama uses”.
Gary Wilner Wrote:
“I wish I could help but I have a photographic memory when it comes to songs. If I hear the song once, maybe twice it is committed to memory. This works for both music and lyrics. What I think is happening is that I associate the notes of the song with the words at each part of the tune. It seems to work for me”.
Leah Armand commented:
“Concentrate on the story. Know the lyrics consciously so that if you’re focused you can recall them. When you have practiced a song enough, it gets to the point where as long as you start each verse with the right word, you’ll be able to keep going to the end of that section without forgetting, even if you lose focus or stumble over a few words… The muscle memory gets so strong that you know the syllables of the word even if you don’t remember the word and the next word just comes even though the word before it didn’t”.
Thanks again for the great response guys, see you next week.