Essential Secrets 97: Practice in Your Concert Clothes
Practice in Your Concert Clothes
Making Sure You're Ready for the Spotlight
Whether your performance garb is white-tie and tails or ripped jeans and flannel shirt, you need to be sure you can play well in your concert clothes.
Many bassists practice in the comfort of their own home. They wear sweatpants, shorts, T-shirts. Perhaps they’re barefoot. All of this is fine at home. You should feel comfortable when you practice. But, at some point, you’ll need to start thinking about playing in public. This means deciding what to wear on stage.
Stage clothing causes problems for many musicians. There are stories of opera divas whose corsets constrict their breathing and backup singers who can’t sit down in their vinyl mini-skirts. As a bassist, make sure you can comfortably bend your arms if you’re wearing a jacket and be sure that your sleeves don’t accidentally mute your strings. Some belt buckles make gouges in the backs of basses. If you wear a hat and need to change basses during a show, make sure you can undo your guitar strap without knocking your hat to the ground.
For one practice session, do a run-through at home or in your rehearsal studio wearing your stage clothes. If there is a problem—or if you can’t find everything you’re supposed to wear on stage—you’ll have time to deal with the issue before the actual performance. Practicing in your concert clothes is an enormous time-saver for busy musicians.
Going through your music wearing your concert clothing is part of the transition from practicing to performing. You’ll feel more connected to the real performance and better prepared to be on stage.
And, stage clothing is extremely important. What you wear on stage can define your genre of music and make a bold statement about who you are as an artist. But, please, make this statement at home first. Don’t let your clothes create a performance disaster!
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