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Does anyone else NOT get nervous before a gig?

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Every1TookMyName, Oct 19, 2001.


  1. Whenever I'm about to play, I get more excited then anything. Sure, there's the fear in the back of my mind that somethings going to screw up, but its never really bothered me. I'm not really an outgoing person or anything, its just that I've never really experienced stage fright.

    Anyone else feel the same?
     
  2. Oysterman

    Oysterman

    Mar 30, 2000
    Sweden
    I don't think I'm nervous BEFORE the gig, but as soon as I get on stage my hands start to shiver and my mouth gets all dry and funny. Does that count?
     
  3. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    I'm probably as NOT nervous as possible before you enter the realm of mental disorders. I really look forward to it, it's like Christmas morning as a kid.
     
  4. Hmmm...well, I'm with Oyster there, only my hand's don't shiver, and my mouth doesn't go dry. I just get a big adrenaline rush from being nervous, even if it's just a little bit. Plug in, goof around for the (very quick and usually bad) sound check, and once I play my first note in our first song...it all just goes away. :D
     
  5. eli

    eli Mad showoff 7-stringer and Wish lover Supporting Member

    Dec 12, 1999
    NW suburban Chicago
    I've always found i play better with a little pre-gig jitters. Adrenaline buzz gets things going, I guess.
     
  6. rllefebv

    rllefebv

    Oct 17, 2000
    Newberg, Oregon
    I am not nervous about my playing at all... A little of the pre-gig adrenaline rush, but like Eli, I find that to be beneficial. It's wondering if the flake-out drummer is going to show up or not that tends to freak me out!!!

    -robert
     
  7. I get a huge rush while playing. Before I gig, sure I get a some last minute thoughts that something bad might happen, but usually during the middle of the first song I'll be all into it.
     
  8. yawnsie

    yawnsie

    Apr 11, 2000
    London
    I've never really been nervous. I'm usually on edge, especially when the bands before mine are playing, but I can't say I've ever been really nervous before a gig. Having said that, I get a little knot in my stomach in the second or so while the drummer counts in the first song, but that's about it.
     
  9. Bass Guitar

    Bass Guitar Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2001
    It really depends for me. If it's a gig that I play regularly with songs that I know well, I am not going to be nervous about it.

    If it's a one-off jazz gig playing with great musicians that I don't really know, playing songs that are difficult, no matter how many times I practise, I get nervous...
     
  10. I get so worked up to the point i nearly throw up. Its goo because it means i switched on and ready cause of all that adrenalin.

    Although the gig before last, i was so calm it was disturbing. The whole band was, and boy was it a bomb night. Drummer missed cues :)rolleyes: ), i just didn't get that groove, guitarist dropped his guitar during change overs etc.

    Nerves is good.

    ;)

    Merls
     
  11. I used to get REALLY nervous, but after spending 2 years with the drama department at my school getting up in front of people is something I look forward too.

    I LOVE being the center of attention. HEY, EVERYONE!!!! LOOK AT ME, LOOK AT ME!!!!:D

    Rock on
    Eric
     
  12. ::Aims at the jester's crotch with a sniper rifle::

    *crackle*
    Permission to take him out, sir?
    *crackle*
     
  13. BassistJ

    BassistJ

    Mar 20, 2001
    Hemet, CA USA
    I have'nt gotten nervouse at a gig in a very, very long time. I'm pretty much like alot of the guys here when I say that I look forward to it. Gig time is like Christmas, New Years, and a little Easter all rolled togeather. :D
     
  14. DiegoMcgee

    DiegoMcgee

    Oct 20, 2001
    Providence RI
    I use to have a big problem with nerves
    before a gig. ( if it was a big gig I'd get
    butterflies weeks before the gig).
    Unfortunately I overcame my nerves.
    I say unfortunately because I miss
    the nervous excitement.I will always love
    to gig, but there is nothing like pre-gig
    butterflies.
    ___________________________________
    Jim Obrien
    http://www.illustriousday.com
     
  15. HA!!! Go ahead, take your best shot. I'M wearing my lucky rocketship underpants, and NOTHING can defeat those!!!!:D

    Rock on
    Eric
     
  16. Exo

    Exo

    Oct 22, 2001
    Australia
    I probly would but me and the guitarist have a few drinks before our gigs.
    The drummer can't else he ****s up and the vocalist has to sing so it helps him not to drink.
    But everyone reckons we put on a hell of a show cos ya loosen up a bit and don't care so much about what the audience think about the way you move and my playing is always heaps smoother too.

    -Exo
    Rock on!
     
  17. *crackle*
    Court jester is wearing his lucky rocketship underpants, but no worries, I've got my lucky beer mug boxers on, sir.
    Still waiting for authorization to make the shot, over.
    *crackle*
     
  18. I thought I was the only one! I've never been nervous before playing, I cant wait to get out there. I'd be more nervous if I was the singer, or even lead guitarist, but I dont worry in the slightest. I do have a couple of drinks usually before playing, but that is to make me limbre up and put me in the mood, not for nerves or anything like that. Guess I just love being up there in the spot light, its just so darn cool :cool:
    Jim
     
  19. I never get nervous before a gig, although I have experienced "flop sweat" during shows when the band isn't going over with the crowd or we aren't playing particularly well as a group. Fortunately, I guess, I don't dwell on such possibilities before the show, so I'm not prone to jitters.
     
  20. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    You are a little crazy, I think. I have glow in the dark skull and crossbones boxers on, top that you bastards!!!