The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #53435   Message #834569
Posted By: GUEST,Knock On Wood
25-Nov-02 - 11:05 AM
Thread Name: Sitting Or Standing
Subject: RE: Sitting Or Standing
We do two types of show. One is unplugged, purely acoustic except for those shows where the money and the room allow us to bring our drummer. He then uses drum machines. We all sit at those shows. The venues are generally smaller and our sound quieter. The seated position may not be optimum for our singing but we also aren't pushing as hard. The lower stage volume makes it possible to really work the monitors and being seated right in front of them allows us to absolutely bathe in the sound. This is the major appeal for us to doing these shows...that and the minimal amount of setting up.

We also do full blown rock shows with amps, excessive lights, effects, pedals, etc...all of the toys. There simply isn't any room for stools. I would like the theatrical effect of sitting down and playing the the quieter acoustic songs with more intimacy than the electric songs but we switch back and forth too frequently.

Occasionally at the seated shows I get a crick in my back (damn this getting old stuff) and I have to stand. This does allow me to leave the stage during an improv, should the muse move me, and I find the audience always gets a kick out of that.