QUOTE(dacapo @ May 3 2010, 11:14 PM)
QUOTE(Banjogirl @ May 3 2010, 09:38 PM)
I find bowing a bit creepy, to be honest. Our piano teacher tries to get pupils to do it, including me if I happen to be playing, and far from looking good it tends, with most people, to look embarrassed and uncomfortable.
My attitude to bowing is that it's part of the performance, not an optional extra. A smile at the audience and a bow are a silent way of saying "thank you for listening" not "didn't I do well?"!
I'd rather encourage people just to take their applause for a moment then sit down. i can see it's very different for a professional or something high powered though.
Bowing in the context of a performance needs practice just as playing your instrument or presenting your song needs practice. If you don't practise doing it so that it's an automatic response the chances are that it will indeed look embarrassed and uncomfortable. Festivals offer a very good opportunity for practising making a clear announcement of what you are going to play and finishing off your performance with a bow and acknowledgment of your accompanist if any. When bowing, look at your knees, don't leave your head up to look at the audience. If you are holding an instrument (rather than e.g. playing piano) work out beforehand how to bow while holding it, and practise that too.
Their is nothing "creepy" about bowing,
you should go to more performances/shows and see that this is a normal practice. If I am in the audience and you dont bow it signifies to me that you cant be bothered to acknowledge my attendance. At my childrens school the music director has emphasied the bowing as its the only point that parents are allowed to take photos, so if your child just runs off chances are you dont get a photo and they look foolish as the MD just calls them back to do a proper bow. The year 7s find it difficult but by Year 8 they know its standard practice.
My daughter plays in a jazz band where they each have a solo. When one band member is soloing, the others stand aside so that they "have their moment" and if they have a free hand will also clap the soloist. The soloist always
acknowledges the applause with a distinct bow of the head. At the end they all come forward and bow together for 3 counts. Nothing embarassing or creepy about it at all.
I went to see China Moses, (Jazz singer) at Ronnie Scotts and it was a very quiet audience. She sang amazingly and my other half let out a real loud "whoop" of appreciation. China Moses turned to him, bowed deeply and said "why thank you so very much". After that the audience woke up and really rocked in apprecation, she bowed and clapped back at us. We, the audience, appreciated her appreciation.
My singing daughter says that the Russian singers have a perfect curtsey, that is not a "dip". Its one foot well back, so they dont fall over, head bowed not too deep and hand on heart... very theatrical
she was taught - hands on knees bend slightly at the waist with head tucked in for five counts. (look at the Beatles) Plus the performer should always thank the acompaniest with a simple open arm guesture in their direction.