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Well, it seems I will be preforming in front of people on Friday - never have done that before.

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  1. ndcaster

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    hey throttleneck, you can practice "performing" and it helps. do this (my wife's old practice trick):

    1 sit down and pretend you're waiting
    2 stand up, put your guitar on, because you've been announced
    3 walk to another spot in the room and face the audience
    4 say "thanks, here's a song by X"
    5 then start playing it like you've played it many times before
    6 you can close your eyes, but also open them and look at someone in the room
    6 when you're done, smile, bow slightly, and walk back to where you were seated

    what you're doing is throwing yourself into that nervy emotional place of "performance anxiety" and then coming THROUGH it

    if you do that enough, the anxiety will start to go away

    my wife practiced for auditions many times in precisely this way, just by pretending

    she got *very* far

    cheers mate, it'll be fine
     
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    Best advice I can offer is to try hard to relax your voice as much as you can as nervousness
    tends to make you tense up which is going to make your vocal muscles too tight.
     
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    There's a guitarist I take lessons from who has a mini stage in his basement complete with blinding stage lights. He practices before he goes on tour to get used to playing in that environment. Even the pros have to prepare a bit. What he taught me is to practice standing up, and play in front of friends/family to get used to performing. Taking a video of yourself also seems to ramp up the nerves a bit since you don't want to ruin a take. Put some time in before the big day and you will have the confidence to do well!
     
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    You said you've done theater. I bet you were nervous before your first play, too. Same deal. If it helps, pretend you're playing an old troubadour. :)
     
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    Have fun. Generally, the audience doesn't notice things that seem like glaring mistakes to you.
     
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    Relax and have fun!!!
     
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    Wear bicycle clips :D
     
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    By all means have a drink before you go on, so long as you can trust yourself to just have the one. If not have soft drinks, you don't want to be dry. Make sure that you visit the gents a little before you go on, as you don't want to be uncomfortable. And remember to smile. Don't expect to get much sleep afterwards as you will still be high, enjoy it.
     
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    Congrats! Sounds like you have a great attitude about it. Enjoy it.
    I've done it a little bit, but not enough to offer any sage advice. Other than, if you don't normally play standing up with a strap, don't make the first time your first stage performance.
     
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    When I first started performing, I'd get nervous and have to make a last minute trip to pee. Speaking from experience, make sure your fly is up before you hit the stage.
     
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    That's great. It will be fun.
    Practice so much that you CAN'T forget anything - so you can do it on auto-pilot. You'll be fine.
     
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    hey good luck! once you get past the nervous stuff - it a great natural high! enjoy yourself!
     
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    U will do fine singing is like talking good luck
     
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    They say I helps if you picture yourself naked.
    No, wait....
     
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    I scanned your post for any mention of a 12 step program and saw none, so my advice is -

    Drink.

    It always works.



    I love being onstage now, have been nervous a couple times in the past but rarely anymore.

    Since I don't sing in the band I'm in, I'm almost always sideways to the audience looking at the band , cuing them, seeing/listening for what we need.

    It works for me.
     
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    It's just like posting here.

    I have a good friend who wanted to sing with a band. The first time we played with a full band she looked over at me and said, "This is better then surfing!"
     
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    Smile, forgive yourself if you make mistakes, be yourself, be confident in that you have something to give to the audience, talk to folks before and after/on break, don't worry about what might happen, focus on the audience, go 100% and do your best.
     
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    Hey, look at it this way, yer not flying solo.
    That would be tough.
     
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    Trust the band. Lean on them. Surf the band, if you will. They will keep it steady so you just lean back in the pocket and tell a story. Play or sing a wrong note? If you're playing/singing with conviction then you just move on from that note and bring it back to where it should be. If you act like it's right then they'll think it's right. You'll enjoy it.
     
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    The sun will still rise on Saturday, and you'll be one experience richer and on your way to more, which will have many kick ass rushes.

    The audience will think it cool that you went for it.

    So try to live the moment and the cool opportunity.

    Wishing you a fun time.
     
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