Live Guitar Performance

How to Get Better Sound From Your Guitar for Live Performances

With the best electric guitars for beginners can help you choose a guitar, achieving good sound is important especially when you are supposed to perform live. You don’t want to be making mistakes when doing a live performance as this will ruin your play.

However, it is possible for you to achieve a good sound like pros and boost your performance both during practice and on-stage. To realize this, it’s necessary to use the same tactics that professional guitarists use to impress their audience. Below are some tips to help you sound better when you are on stage next time.


For you to achieve nothing but perfection during a live performance, it’s important to prepare adequately. Preparation doesn’t just mean practicing for the performance, but it means ensuring that your tools are working efficiently. Ensuring that your fretboard is clean and that you change your strings can go a long way in making you achieve good sound when performing. You will not only enjoy a great tone with a clean fretboard and new strings, but you’ll also be able to play a lot more smoothly and at ease.

Strive for Accuracy

In order to be reliable with your sound, you need to strive for accuracy. That means being able to play consistently play your guitar at the same level each time. For instance, you’d rather have an 85%-87% accuracy each time you play the guitar than have different playing percentages each time you are on a live stage. By striving for consistency or accuracy in your playing, you will be able to improve your playing skills and ability hence get better with each performance.


When it comes to tone, it all boils down to the gear/accessories you include in your play. You can never underestimate the significance of quality sound and gear. Your accessories can help boost your morale and allow you to maximize your performance. Besides, you don’t have to buy heavy equipment to enhance your sound, but you need to ensure you avoid the common pitfalls that most guitarists encounter in a bid to achieve quality sound.

Be Comfortable

Being comfortable is one of the tricks that legendary guitarists employ when they have a live performance. Your soul, body, and mind need to be in sync for you to achieve a state of comfort. Being comfortable means showing the right image on stage which includes how you dress. If you are not comfortable in what you are dressed in, you won’t be comfortable when performing. Also, ensure that you are comfortable and in sync with everyone in your band as this is very important in a live performance.

Give it Your Best

If you want to be memorable and please your audience, you always have to give your best performance. In order to accomplish this, you’re required to put in the work by spending several hours a day practicing before the day of your live performance. This is the only way that you and your band can be in synch and give a performance worth a standing ovation.




Memnon take Finnish Kantele playing and sound tradition to a new modern level by approaching it from totally different perspectives; Memnon combines the unique sound of the Kantele with scandinavian electronic minimalism, and broadens the classical Kantele tradition to encompass experimental audio landscapes.

Eva Alkula graduated from the Sibelius Academy, where she specialised in the study of contemporary and classical Kantele music. Between 1999 and 2000 she studied the Japanese Koto at the Hokkaido University of Education in Sapporo, Japan. In Memnon Eva performs with a newly designed 39-string electric Kantele built by Koistinen Kantele.

Ville Hyvönen is a sound designer and producer working on a wide range of theatre and music projects,ranging from rock to contemporary electronic music and modern stage-drama. During Memnon’s performance Ville uses a laptop computer to sample and manipulate Evas Kantele playing, in real-time.

The Memnon performance on Friday evening was great success in Coffeevolution, and the small space worked very well for their set. Pictures taked by Juha Huuskonen are to the right. Eva and Ville are also members of Grey Zone, and will perform as part of that group on Saturday 26 Nov at Bates Mill.


Pan Sonic

“There is no theory for Pan Sonic. We have no plan. We just make the music”. Mika Vainio

Pan Sonic are probably Finlands most famous electronic musicians. Sinewaves, pulses, electronic squelches, ultrasonic waveforms and a reputation for fearsome live volume levels and atonal indulgence. Pan Sonic have remained true to their original and pioneering use of their special handmade analogue tone generators, more old radio set than synthesisers, with the occasional use of digital samplers for the more rhythmic sounds.