Happy endings, how to ‘stick the landing’

We’ve all seen it, and it makes everyone cringe, when a band doesn’t finish the song together. One musician thinks the song finishes with an extra chorus, while the others end abruptly. It’s the sort of mistake that is most noticeable by the audience.

Some bands fix this by always making eye contact with each other or nodding at each other to indicate the ending is approaching. This can be fine for when you've improvised on the length of a guitar solo, but doing it for every song can look unprofessional, like the band is underprepared for the gig.

Most of these errors are seeded in the rehearsal studio. Bands usually rehearse in a circle in a rehearsal room with all members facing each other. That’s fine for rehearsal but it embeds bad habits and a reliance on each others’ visual cues for endings.

Fix this by occasionally rehearsing with all members facing in the same direction, just like you would be standing on stage. It will force all members to memorize the endings without getting visual cues from other members.

Just like a gymnast, whose triple somersault in the air is ruined by a shoddy landing, a band’s perfectly played song could be ruined by a sloppy ending.

Follow this tip and ‘stick the landing’ to score a perfect-10 from the audience.

McKayla Maroney’s landing