Performers often ask me, “How do I achieve that true artistic performance?” It’s always a balance between learning technique and creating artistry. As performers, we challenge this two-sided dilemma all the time. In a perfect world, we would have the time to accomplish everything we believe to be important. Anytime that you watch a musical performance, you can either concentrate on the sound, phrasing, and feeling of the music or you can analyze it. From one perspective we capture the spirit of the music and from another we learn how to perform it. Both are essential for success and an artistic performance.
Artistry is a performance that emotes from within the performer. And technique is the skill used to render a performance. The features that identify an outstanding artistic performance are intensity, honesty and originality. The artistic value of the performance relates directly to its entertainment value. The performer communicate with the audience both visually and aurally. Visual before vocal is the normal human communication flow. Visual communication adds artistry and understanding to a performance. The consistent development of energy in all its component parts is the common element that makes every performance successful. The mood being projected during a song is most believable when it is coming directly from the performer’s inner-self. Our goal is to share with the audience, not impress them. You know you got it right when an audience walks away from a truly artistic performance saying, “Wow that was powerful. I could really relate.”