First gig in 1.5 years tonight.....

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Lesgo, Jul 9, 2019.

  1. Lesgo

    Lesgo Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2016
    Any tips? Been hydrating and trying to rest (while still working of course...). Every "first gig back" I get the dreaded Claw, so I'm gonna do some light stretches and keep the fluids going.

    What should I do to get my head right? Listen to the covers on the setlist (It's a 3 hour show, originals + covers)? Meditate? Both? Forget about it and dive into my work for the rest of the day?

    Or should I just act like I've been there before and pretend like I'm too cool for school (I'm not)?
  2. BassCliff


    May 17, 2012
    So. Cal.

    Nobody in the audience will know when your last performance was. Just walk on stage like you own it and have fun. Relax. Sure, listen to the tunes, do some hand and finger stretches/warmups, then play your bass off. :D

    Thank you for your indulgence,

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  3. Kriegs


    Feb 14, 2018
    Panic. Loose your marbles. Forget everything that you've practiced for months. Tear at your clothes and gnash your teeth.


    Relax, you'll be fine. Listen to this young lad's words of wisdom:

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  4. waveman


    Sep 25, 2008
    Take the day off if you can, practice the songs that give the most trouble early in the morning, rest middle of the day ( maybe listen to the bands that have inspired you the most while resting ), get your gear loaded, a little 420 to get the mind right, get unloaded, drink a beer, right before the first set 420 one more time, get another beer and rock out :)

    Otherwise, yeah, act like you been there before :)
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  5. You`ll do fine if you`ve been doing your homework and learned your material....don`t over practice, or everything will turn to mush and make you uncertain and insecure....maybe run through a few songs to iron out some spots, then relax, surf some porn (optional), and load your equipment early..
    Then go out there and knock `em`ve been there before..we all have..
    Look at it this way- what`s the worst thing that can happen? You throw in some clunkers, the rest of the band looks at the floor and snickers, people point and laugh...But tomorrow morning the world will still be turning..
    Have a great gig..
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  6. Beej


    Feb 10, 2007
    Vancouver Island
    Knock 'em dead! You're gonna be great! :thumbsup:
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  7. SgtHulka

    SgtHulka Inactive

    Mar 29, 2019
    Wear shorts so you feel relaxed that's what I do.
  8. gregoire1


    Oct 19, 2008
    Nashville’d it go?
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  9. G19Tony


    Apr 27, 2018
    Las Vegas, NV
    Pretend the audience has no clothes. :woot:

    Have fun, you'll be great! :thumbsup:
  10. Don't over think it. It's normal to be nervous/excited. Just focus on playing the songs and relax. If you make a mistake, move on. You're probably the only one who noticed it. Make it fun.

    Personally I can't do intoxicants of any form. If you get freaked out, take deep breaths and stand still for a few moments.
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  11. Lesgo

    Lesgo Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2016
    Sorry for the delay — we’ve been having some weather down here.

    It went really well! Packed for a Tuesday. Band got locked on early on. We even made a little money. I had a blast and I’m ready for the next one. Thanks for the help, everybody.