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Why, How To Practice In Gig Conditions

5While practice is obviously essential to improving your performance abilities as a musician, where and how you do so can dramatically impact the kind of improvement you see. In this piece we look at how replicating 'gig conditions' can help you to more rapidly improve as a performer.

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In this latest article from MusicThinkTank , Billy Saefong lets us in on the secret to improving your performance by practicing in a recreation of 'gig conditions.'

"To be professional, you should be preparing for a gig by playing the songs you’re going to play, start-to-finish, in the order (or ‘setlist’) that they’ll be in on the night. This might sound a bit obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t do it.

Again, it’s about making all the non-expressive elements of a gig natural and well-rehearsed so you can focus on your playing and performance. This is your chance to make sure you know where to find your cues for section changes, so you’re not onstage with an inner monologue that says “Is the bridge this time or next time?”"

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