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post Feb 16 2013, 02:19 PM
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Ahhhh... where to start... So my school is about to have this pep-rally thing and I really want to play in-front of the whole school, the only problem is that I'm super nervous! I've only ever played at crowds like around 50 people, my school has about 600 students and the stage is setup wierd, which makes me a bit more nervous. I don't really know how to get over this fear, but I need to asap. It's really making me past up on some great opportunities. Any tips/ideas to help me? I know everyone has come across this problem.


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post Feb 16 2013, 02:44 PM
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Be sure to know your parts perfectly so that you are less afriad of messing up. I remembered my first gig as a singer for my band and i was so afriad that i would forgett the lyrics since i didnt really know them 100 % but know when i know them i feel much more comfortable.

But its normal to be nervous but i am sure it will be fine


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post Feb 16 2013, 02:57 PM
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Have you seen this site? : http://www.anxietycoach.com/performanceanxiety.html

I think there's some good stuff on there mate.


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post Feb 16 2013, 04:26 PM
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Hi mate! That's a very good experience! I also felt like this the first time that I had to play for more than 400 persons. I was very nervous and I rehearsed a lot to be able to give a good show. I remember doing a lot of warming up before the gig. It was an Iron Maiden tribute in a very legendary hall called "Cemento". We also played some of our own songs. I was around 17/8 years old.

This is the concert I'm talking about!


I remember feeling nervous before the concert but once I was on stage I felt so happy and I played better than ever. There wasn't room to fail since I really practised the stuff I was going to play.

So my suggestion is to practice, rehearse, trust in yourself and enjoy!! smile.gif


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post Feb 16 2013, 05:31 PM
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To echo everyone else - know your parts.
Everyone gets nervous to some degree - that's a good thing. Generally speaking for most people, when you know that you know what you're doing then the nervousness changes to excitement and energy. And don't worry about making a mistake - there's no perfect gig for anyone. No one in the audience will know. Maybe a band member but that just makes for a good reminiscence after the gig. Do it. Have fun!


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post Feb 16 2013, 10:32 PM
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Hate to keep beating a dead horse, but KNOW YOUR BITS! smile.gif Even knowing every lick cold, you will suddenly notice your fingers are not cooperating under the glare of the lights and crowd at which point you will be very glad you learned all the bits back and forth. Just try to stay calm, realize that this is for fun and try to enjoy yourself. Step back and put the entire thing in context. Let it be a fun thing. Not a scary thing.

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QUOTE (klasaine @ Feb 16 2013, 11:31 AM) *
To echo everyone else - know your parts.
Everyone gets nervous to some degree - that's a good thing. Generally speaking for most people, when you know that you know what you're doing then the nervousness changes to excitement and energy. And don't worry about making a mistake - there's no perfect gig for anyone. No one in the audience will know. Maybe a band member but that just makes for a good reminiscence after the gig. Do it. Have fun!



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post Feb 17 2013, 07:08 AM
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You need to remember that music is about YOU. You are a musician, you are expressing yourself, and you're being you! Who cares about what other people think, have fun with it man. Most of the time nerves come from a lack of preparedness, or at least feeling unprepared. In which case you need to tell yourself that you ARE prepared, that you are a musician that is fully capable of playing what you are about to play.

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post Feb 17 2013, 08:28 AM
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I remember a similar experience - it was my first concert with the orchestra in the 'Mozart Rocks!' in Bucharest (it was my second actually, but the first was in another city and the crowd was smaller and more intimate). Now this was our biggest concert hall (about 4500 seats).

I saw it empty that day at the rehearsals, so it didn't scare me that much, but I remember sitting backstage and I knew my part was coming up. I heard my name and when I stepped onstage, the crowd seemed HUGE. I had two choices, either lose it (which in the first seconds happened big time) or get over the fears and enjoy the music.

A friend of mine (incredible musician and guitarist) once told me something of great value, which I will keep in mind for the rest of my life:

'When you go up on that stage, you are having a big party - all those people in the crowd are your guests - don't you want to have fun with them? Be prepared as a good host is (know your parts - as the guys all said biggrin.gif) and just enjoy the party!'


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post Feb 17 2013, 02:35 PM
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It can be tough to get up in front of a crowd and play. One thing that has always helped me was to visualize the audience when I practice and rehearse.

So, if you are practicing at home, close your eyes and picture the audience in front of you. Same thing when you are rehearsing with the band.

It may seem like a small thing, but it can make a big difference and make things more relaxed when you get out on stage.


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post Feb 17 2013, 10:27 PM
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QUOTE (The Professor @ Feb 17 2013, 10:35 AM) *
It can be tough to get up in front of a crowd and play. One thing that has always helped me was to visualize the audience when I practice and rehearse.

So, if you are practicing at home, close your eyes and picture the audience in front of you. Same thing when you are rehearsing with the band.

It may seem like a small thing, but it can make a big difference and make things more relaxed when you get out on stage.



Nice trick Professor! I think that this could be a great practice too. When will be this school even happening?


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I always feel the more people the easier it is, as it becomes less personal.

They aren't there to judge your playing, just to be entertained and pumped up


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