I just finished two days of work with a band in Baltimore. They are great musicians and have always been told this. Typically musicians of this caliber would say, “We’re good enough, we don’t need any of that Tom Jackson stuff!”
To their credit, someone in the band knew their show was still lacking, and saw the value in getting some help, after hearing Tom speak. They ordered our videos, watched them together, then got on the phone and asked me to come up and do some one-on-one sessions.
I don’t think I’ve ever worked with any group more receptive to what I brought to the table. These guys have been playing together for years and are no hacks. They probably could have been playing with some elite type jazz bands, but they are using their talents in the US Army.
I know what you’re saying… ‘they have to take orders! They are trained to!’
Right, but I could see in their eyes that they were openly receptive to anything I asked them to do. Even the eldest member of the band was ready and willing to hit the floor or jump on a stool when I asked him to. (Much to the delight of the rest of the band. )
The drummer tried standing up for a section when I asked him to. The bass player took a solo when I asked, the guitar player ran across the stage when I asked, the lead singers changed their delivery upon request, and the band tried the different arrangements I came up with to leave space for moments.
And it was their willingness to learn that opened them up to walk down a road they hadn’t been down before. And it’s what will make a difference in the audience’s reaction to them once they put these changes in action on stage.
I’m so excited to hear how things go for these guys. When people ask us the value of what we teach, we have to say that we’ve never seen it NOT work! That’s why it’s so rewarding to work with artists, and give them a roadmap for a great show.
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And here’s a peek Backstage at what a session might look like for you! Shaffer Band Live Music Makeover Video Part 1 – Backstage Pass required…