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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Toadtele, Aug 21, 2019.
If I were you, I'd go for several practice sessions to see how it goes first.
Use the Force, Luke. Let go. Luke, trust me.
Learn 4 songs. Really learn them. Make at least one of them an improvisational or "not cover" of something you really want to play. Maybe even 2 of them. Then go out there and don't even give a **** what anybody thinks. Play them to yourself, for yourself. You'll kill it.
If it’s fun and you really like it, then do it, if not..don’t.
If you want to do it, then go for it. If you don't, then say no.
Form a band, call yourself The Jitters
A few years ago I was faced with a similar situation. It had been more than ten years since I had performed in public, but because a song I had recently written had won a state-wide award, I was asked to play at the music festival which sponsored the contest. It was pretty unnerving thinking about doing a solo performance in front of a large crowd after being exclusively a porch picker for a decade.
While trying to deal with my performance anxiety, I came across an article written by Alan Horvath that really helped give me some perspective, and allowed me to successfully escape my comfort zone. Although the article focuses on open mic venues, its insights are helpful for any performance situation. Here's the link: http://www.acousticfingerstyle.com/openmics.htm
Good luck man, and yes, you can do this (if you want to)!
Thanks for the link. I'm going to embark on a few performances in a so far unknown format (as soon as I am healthy enough, just spent a year telling cancer to fugg off) ... and I appreciate being able to read some useful insights.
If you know the songs inside out and play them regularly, on rotation every day then playing them in front of an audience will be easy. It will basically be just another day doing your same routine. Two or 3 pints of beer will relax you enough to ease anxiety without hampering your playing. If you just prefer to play for your own enjoyment and can't be bothered with the effort involved to play out then that's fine too.
I play for my own enjoyment which is why I won't play songs I don't like.
I don't really care what the audience thinks or wants to hear. Of course it's nice to have people enjoy your playing and compliment you but that's just a bonus and not the main reason I play. My city is full of guys playing for the sake of performing when they should probably be more focused on practicing and improving.
The advise above to pick 4 or so songs and really nail them before going to a open mic and performing them is a good idea. Then build on that if you have a good time and want to move forwards. I don't know why open mic's are dominated by sloppy players and why some are in such a hurry to perform that they can't be bothered to at least nail the few songs they get up for.
"kinda frustrated. Not at all interested"
Hmmm... am I the only one who sees the obvious? That this isn't a good idea?
Stand up and tell them no! Dude, spend time doing things you ARE interested in. My two cents.