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Adrian Figallo
post Jul 17 2011, 04:32 PM
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Hey, today's ivan thread kept me thinking about my feelings onstage, but also about my feelings BEFORE the show, this is a really painful, stressful, anxious time for me, im the whole day in a very bad mood, and i just want to get it done.

But during the show, i feel so good, i feel 100% honest about myself, i always enjoy it a lot and in the after party i carry the biggest smile.

What about you guys, any thoughts?


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post Jul 17 2011, 05:47 PM
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Sometimes for me it is who the crowd is going to be. Not so much the size of the crowd. Sometimes I get to concerned about "if" I will do well or not.

I try to get the focus off of me so I can just enjoy the time playing. Usually after the first couple of notes I am fine. (Unless I have a lead to play that really stretches me...LOL)
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post Jul 17 2011, 05:52 PM
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Thats right, sometimes the crowd can be intimidating, but usually you never know biggrin.gif
that scares me too, but you are right after a couple of notes, everything goes in ultra high speed, and then its over.


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I often feel a little nervous before but i always think that it will be fine and that its not a big deal


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post Jul 18 2011, 10:14 AM
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hehe, I answered over there, and just thought about how this would be a great topic on it's own biggrin.gif

I feel very similar, I don't feel like giggin at all, not sure why or how, it's just that feeling of not wanting to go to gig at all. As strange that may seem, it's even stranger that as soon as the song starts on stage this goes into another extreme, I don't won't to go off the stage biggrin.gif After the gig, all this returns to "idle" state smile.gif


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post Jul 18 2011, 10:57 AM
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The stage is a very special place. On stage we usually perform at maybe 40% of our full potential. But that's not the point. 2 evenings ago, at the Mozart Rocks! show, I studied my fellow guitarists carefully while we were all performing separately.

There's this guy who's a musical monster, I mean, really, he is one of the most accomplished musicians I've ever encountered and his vision is from out of space already, BUT he is so rigid and caught up in all of this, that he doesn't transmit anymore, he just performs so that everyone may gaze at his greatness. He completely 'walled' himself up somehow. Well, the rest of us, made mistakes here and there, but I think we all went up there with one thing in mind - exchanging energy with the people in the audience. It went well, so well that we felt at home on that stage.

I must admit that, as always, I was quite nervous before hitting the stage solo, but as soon as I looked into the orchestra leader's eyes i knew that everything was going to be awesome smile.gif so, I just smiled and let go - the best choice.. ALWAYS biggrin.gif



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post Jul 18 2011, 11:23 AM
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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Jul 18 2011, 10:57 AM) *
so, I just smiled and let go - the best choice.. ALWAYS biggrin.gif


Yes, the ultimate goal.. break out of self consciousness and go with the music ! smile.gif

This is so weird because my band were having this very discussion last night after practice. I'm one of those people who doesn't like to get fired up. I try not to think about the gig at all in the weeks leading up to it. On the day itself I start to get nervous from midday onwards, because this is all 'idle' time before travelling / getting ready for the gig. I don't know what to do with myself during the day. When I'm at the venue it's fine and I'm totally fine from that point on and can't wait to get onstage ! smile.gif

But I do get this weird thing during the first couple of songs where my hands don't feel like mine.. a slight loss of motor function due to adrenaline I think. That's why peoiple freeze in fights etc.. the adrenaline stops us being able to function at our normal relaxed potential smile.gif


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QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Jul 18 2011, 10:23 AM) *
Yes, the ultimate goal.. break out of self consciousness and go with the music ! smile.gif

This is so weird because my band were having this very discussion last night after practice. I'm one of those people who doesn't like to get fired up. I try not to think about the gig at all in the weeks leading up to it. On the day itself I start to get nervous from midday onwards, because this is all 'idle' time before travelling / getting ready for the gig. I don't know what to do with myself during the day. When I'm at the venue it's fine and I'm totally fine from that point on and can't wait to get onstage ! smile.gif

But I do get this weird thing during the first couple of songs where my hands don't feel like mine.. a slight loss of motor function due to adrenaline I think. That's why peoiple freeze in fights etc.. the adrenaline stops us being able to function at our normal relaxed potential smile.gif


Whoa dude! biggrin.gif did you experience the adrenaline stuff during the karate challenges you've most surely been put through?


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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Jul 18 2011, 12:14 PM) *
Whoa dude! biggrin.gif did you experience the adrenaline stuff during the karate challenges you've most surely been put through?


I haven't been involved in too much 'free fighting' yet but when I have dont it, the most noticeable thing is how quickly you become exhuasted and out of breath which makes every movement seem like lifting weights.

But adreneline, exhuastion, panic, fear etc.. these all make our fine motor functions deteriorate smile.gif


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post Jul 18 2011, 04:36 PM
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the idle time that Ben mentioned is probably the worst part, sometimes I get more nervous than others, I think a lot depends on my involvement before hand, if its just me and the guitar that I have to worry about then its not too bad.

I sometimes pace around a lot and generally need to go to the loo lots even if I dont need to go!! laugh.gif

I sometimes have that mental block a few minutes before your about to start and have that panic of, "OMG!!!! how does the song start!! what chord is it!!!!" blink.gif but as soon as it all starts I can settle in and then before ya know it its all over smile.gif


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QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ Jul 18 2011, 04:14 AM) *
hehe, I answered over there, and just thought about how this would be a great topic on it's own biggrin.gif

I feel very similar, I don't feel like giggin at all, not sure why or how, it's just that feeling of not wanting to go to gig at all. As strange that may seem, it's even stranger that as soon as the song starts on stage this goes into another extreme, I don't won't to go off the stage biggrin.gif After the gig, all this returns to "idle" state smile.gif



I thought i was the only one, looks like that idle time is a brain killer, its so nice to share this biggrin.gif.


QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Jul 18 2011, 04:57 AM) *
The stage is a very special place. On stage we usually perform at maybe 40% of our full potential. But that's not the point. 2 evenings ago, at the Mozart Rocks! show, I studied my fellow guitarists carefully while we were all performing separately.

There's this guy who's a musical monster, I mean, really, he is one of the most accomplished musicians I've ever encountered and his vision is from out of space already, BUT he is so rigid and caught up in all of this, that he doesn't transmit anymore, he just performs so that everyone may gaze at his greatness. He completely 'walled' himself up somehow. Well, the rest of us, made mistakes here and there, but I think we all went up there with one thing in mind - exchanging energy with the people in the audience. It went well, so well that we felt at home on that stage.

I must admit that, as always, I was quite nervous before hitting the stage solo, but as soon as I looked into the orchestra leader's eyes i knew that everything was going to be awesome smile.gif so, I just smiled and let go - the best choice.. ALWAYS biggrin.gif



I notice that too dude, i think onstage we are at an average of 40% but we can get awesome peaks, like a 110% sometimes, no necessarily on the technique side but on the expressive side.


QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Jul 18 2011, 05:23 AM) *
Yes, the ultimate goal.. break out of self consciousness and go with the music ! smile.gif

This is so weird because my band were having this very discussion last night after practice. I'm one of those people who doesn't like to get fired up. I try not to think about the gig at all in the weeks leading up to it. On the day itself I start to get nervous from midday onwards, because this is all 'idle' time before travelling / getting ready for the gig. I don't know what to do with myself during the day. When I'm at the venue it's fine and I'm totally fine from that point on and can't wait to get onstage ! smile.gif

But I do get this weird thing during the first couple of songs where my hands don't feel like mine.. a slight loss of motor function due to adrenaline I think. That's why peoiple freeze in fights etc.. the adrenaline stops us being able to function at our normal relaxed potential smile.gif


"break out of self consciousness and go with the music " thats exactly what i feel, its so nice to see it in words, thats one of the most amazing human experiences.


QUOTE (Chris Evans @ Jul 18 2011, 10:36 AM) *
the idle time that Ben mentioned is probably the worst part, sometimes I get more nervous than others, I think a lot depends on my involvement before hand, if its just me and the guitar that I have to worry about then its not too bad.

I sometimes pace around a lot and generally need to go to the loo lots even if I dont need to go!! laugh.gif

I sometimes have that mental block a few minutes before your about to start and have that panic of, "OMG!!!! how does the song start!! what chord is it!!!!" blink.gif but as soon as it all starts I can settle in and then before ya know it its all over smile.gif


That pannick moment is horrible, i know what you mean biggrin.gif biggrin.gif


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