JP Honk: How to Lead a Song

[Suggested “Best Practices”]

Know the structure and general characteristics of the song, as much as you can As appropriate, before starting the song remind everybody how the ending goes Pay close attention as the song proceeds because your biggest responsibility is: during the final phrase of each section, give a hand signal for the immediate next section (1, 2, 3 etc; vocals; back to head; etc) If you want softer, hold hand flattened horizontally palm down and motion it downward/lower To go back to “the head” i.e. everybody plays (usually means section 1) For vocals, move your hand in a duck-quack motion

For songs with solos When pointing out soloists To signal the end of the song is coming up, use a closed fist