Part 4–1 Exercises to improve your ability to connect with your audience
The first part of connecting with your live audience would be getting very familiar with the concert hall or indoor or outdoor space you are performing in, and then, with all the people in it.
Conditional: it is not recommended you do the different methods of practicing in this Part 4 unless you are willing and interested, as their degree of personal participation required maybe more than what you are accustomed to.
Practical Exercise for Part 4–1
1) Choose an empty space that has a finite boundary, and walk around it and observe every part.
While doing that, notice the space or area has a dimension or a specific size to it. Consciously increase your tolerance for doing that until until you feel like it is your space, and “feels like home” for you.
Find 9 more spaces and repeat 1) above in each space. If you feel you need to keep repeating 1) then go right ahead until you feel satisfied you can do it easily.
2) Now find a space with people in it that are seated, or staying in one spot mostly, such as a restaurant in a mall or similar. Walk around and within it, and observe everyone and everything in it. While doing that, notice the space has a dimension or a specific size to it. Consciously increase your tolerance for the space and the people in it, until you feel you have made the space and the people in it “your own”.
3) Repeat 2) above in 9 more space with people in it. When you have certainty you can make the chosen space and the people in it “your own”, move to the next space with people in it.
If you feel you need to keep repeating the exercise in more spaces, then go right ahead until you know you can do it.
The emphasis here is on you including everyone and everything in that space, and know you’ve made the space and all the people in it “your own”.
Note: The success of the next exercise, Practical Exercise 4–2, totally relies on the above Practical Exercise 4–1 being done exactly as it says, even though it may seem unfamiliar to you at first. As a performing musician it’s important to get used to playing in unfamiliar spaces that will inevitably be required of you.