FIRST GIG IN A LONG TIME COMING UP.

drewg

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I can't give you much advice for lack of experience, but just wanted to wish you luck. I know you'll have a good time and wish I could be there myself. Sounds like a good cause and a lot of fun!
 

Wrighty

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I've agreed to do a gig on the last Saturday of this month. A 45 minute solo vocal/guitar set.
I've been doing gigs of this nature (and much longer sets) since the late 1980s.

The keyboard player from my old 'signed' band in the 1990s has asked me.
He runs a large community arts centre and they're having a fundraiser to send a young woman to the US for specialist cancer treatment.

The problem is my last gig was in late 2017, when I had to quit my 'guitaraoke duo' (2 guitars/vocals/backing tracks) due to health, which ain't any better than when I stopped. I'm still only mobile 3 to 4 days out of 7, due to fatigue.

I really want to do this gig: it's for a good cause; on a good stage with state of the art pa and lighting. The engineer is someone I know well and we get along. I rate his skills very highly: my experience of my time with him live and in the studio, I've yet to have a better vocal and guitar sound. I only need to turn up, plug in and play.

There's no better place in the world for me than the bliss of playing live, I just go into a 'zone' and it's something I used to do really well (so I'm told).
No doubt I'll be wiped out for a few days afterwards but that's a price worth paying.

However, this health thing and being away from a stage for so long has brought a real crisis of confidence, in my ability. I'll probably do nothing else (hospital visits aside) for the next 10 days other than rehearse and make sure my gear is in top condition, right down to the socks on my feet, but I'm concerned about taking this 'no longer good enough' passenger in my head onstage with me.

Any advice out there about getting back in the saddle?
Anyone who thinks they’re brilliant, isn’t! Most who think they’re not very good aren’t either! If you think you’ll give 5 out of 10, the audience will rate you at least 8! Get out there and perform………..it’s what you do!
 
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