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First time on stage - with an electric guitar

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  1. JamesE

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    I've been performing in public over 50 years, but tonight was my first outing with my DIY strat. There's local jam once a month, and there I was. Not my best performance by any means, but I know there are millions who could never take that small step onto a stage. I've always lover performing in public - now I have another instrument to do it with. Will I be at the jam session next month? Try and stop me!
     
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    Awesome! Playing with other people is, in my opinion, one of the most beneficial ways to build confidence and expand improvisational technique.
     
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    Cool!
     
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    well done! Hope ya had a blast!
     
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    Thanks for sharing
     
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    Congratulations! Well done. Here’s to many more!
     
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    I wish I had somebody to play with :( Nobody I know has enough talent to blow a kazoo!
     
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    You know I always felt more at ease in front of a large crowd than I did in front of a smaller audience. I remember the first time that I performed solo with just a mic and a flat top guitar, I was a nervous wreck.
     
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  9. Strat Jacket

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    I choke in the spotlight, big-time. Always have, always will.
     
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    Congrats on the good jam experience!

    I really ought to get out more myself. Have some fun, and meet some new players and potential collaborators.
     
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  12. JustABluesGuy

    JustABluesGuy Senior Stratmaster

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    You choke? Like, you can’t play at all, or just play like crap? It just takes practice. I’ve read of guitar gods that vomit before a performance from stress.

    Work through it!
     
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    Like flub it, big time. You know, like the dweeb sitting around the campfire messing up and going "No, wait!" and starting over like six times? Botching the leads, etc...
    If nobody's watching or paying attention though, I'm fine.
     
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    Join the club
     
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    I’m just pointing out that you aren’t the first, or the only one to experience performance anxiety. It’s normal, and something (almost) everyone experiences it, and has to work through it.

    It’s helped me that I have always performed in an ensemble, and not solo so I can easily shift the blame if things don’t go right! ;)

    I’m by nature quite shy and introverted, but have forced myself to put on a confident persona (originally for business as I used to work in a managerial position), but I can also slip into the (unnatural to me) confident role when playing as well.

    If all else fails, try the tried and true method of imagining all of the audience members as being naked! Picturing them as naked apparently will make you feel less so...

    One needs to confront their performance fears. That’s why teachers have beginners do “recitals” from the very beginning, to help them overcome performance anxiety right from the start.
     
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    Thank you all very much. It was a great experience. I'd not met them before, and I guess I was the least polished player when I took the lead. We had a tenor sax player, so it was nice just improvising in the background. Despite all my years performing, I was still nervous. But - what a feeling!

    Sorry to hear some of you don't have the chance to jam. Sometimes we don't appreciate how lucky we are. I know I'm lucky to have the chance to play.
     
  17. Nate D

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    That’s how it was for me in Cincinnati. I’ve been meeting some real cool players since moving to the Philly area.
     
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    Good for you! The experience will give you confidence to continue. Carry on......
     
  19. BallisticSquid

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    Awesome!! Congrats! Nothing like playing music on stage.

    I can't tell you how many times I've flubbed on stage in a big way. Happened just this past weekend. We hit a part of the song with a repeating riff and I totally blanked on where it started. Here? No! Maybe there? No!! Over here? Ah, closer. Oh, there it is!!

    That was quite literally the dialog in my head for about 10 seconds :).

    Happens to everybody. With experience, you learn to roll with it and not let it throw you. When it gets to you, it turns into a downward spiral.
     
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    Well done! I support your efforts. Yes, that first step is a doozy.
     
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