The other evening Mrs9000 and I went to a local watering hole that regularly has live music. I normally try to get a seat that I can watch the band from. However, this time I had to settle for where I could hardly see the band, but had a great view of the audience. It was surprisingly interesting (and educational) to watch how people responded to the band. Some observations...
1. The audience don't care about virtuosity. As long as they've got something they can dance or sing along to then they're happy.
2. Guitar solos. See 1.
3. Making the odd mistake. See 1.
4. Establishing some kind of rapport/banter with the audience early on was very important to being accepted by the audience.
Probably all completely obvious to those of you that gig regularly, but definitely interesting to see.
It might look like I'm listening to you, but in my head I'm playing my guitar.