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Stage Performance Paperback – May 18, 2011
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From the Back Cover
There is a secret to winning an audience -- any audience, whether you're standing before them to sing a song, give a speech, or sell an idea. In his very popular Stage Performance class at Boston's renowned Berklee College of Music, singer-songwriter Livingston Taylor teaches students how to take to the stage without fear and deliver a natural performance that is rewarding for both the artist and the audience. Follow his unique approach to being comfortable in the spotlight, and discover:
-- the conversion of performance
-- the right way to begin -- and end -- your time onstage
-- understanding and conquering stage fright
-- the single most important factor in your show's success...and more.
Thousands of shows in 30+ years have enabled Livingston Taylor to understand and offer solutions to the nervousness and confusion people experience onstage as they attempt to expose their art and ideas to others. Filled with humorous, inspiring, and instructive anecdotes from Taylor's own performing life, this is the book that can take every musician -- and performer of every kind -- to a new level of professionalism.
About the Author
Most know Livingston Taylor through his prolific songwriting and performance career, which spans 40+ years. What many do not know is that Livingston has also been a teacher for over 20 years, imparting real-life lessons drawn from his experience on the road as a working musician. With 17 albums to his credit, including his latest, Last Alaska Moon, Livingston maintains a full concert schedule and continues to refine his Stage Performance courses, consistently rated “the best class at Berklee” by his ever-expanding group of students.
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Top Customer Reviews
The lessons taught in this book are valuable for any entertainer, whether you're a musician, magician, comedian etc.
Livingston Taylor is an amazing teacher that takes time to explain in a way that makes you feel enlightened.
His live performances are chalked with examples of what he teaches so you can see it in action.
I bought this on Kindle because I let other people borrow my softbound copy and I never got it back. This happened three times but I can't be mad because if there was a gift I would want to give another entertainer it would be this book.
Thank you, Livingston for changing my perspective from the stage.
This book couldn't have come at a better time for me. I took it with me as I embarked on my first west coast tour with another singer-songwriter friend of mine. I actually read the book aloud while she drove, pausing to discuss sections that related to our current situations. It was amazing that everything we were going through was right there in the book. We were relieved to know that our problems were not unique and all performers experience these growing pains. Each chapter ended with a "please remember" and a smile on our faces.
I highly recommend this book to any performer. It's an easy read with lots of advice. Keep it handy because you'll want to check in from time to time for the inspiration alone.
I had looked for a while for a book on the performance part of performing, but the field is a bit light on. There are stacks of books about playing, singing, stagecraft and so on, but very few that look at the heart of the performance itself.
This is the exception & it is an exceptional read. It delivers in many dimensions what is needed to take a good performer to become a great performer.
I cannot recommend it highly enough. Thank you Livingston Taylor for taking the time to present this oft overlooked topic in such a unique & useful way.
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