Scared to death!!!!!

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by xxxBassJunkiexx, Nov 27, 2001.

  1. Eek! I just found out that the Combo band I jus joined is gonna be opening the school x-mas concert. I've never played a gig with this band! I know, "you shouldn't be afraid"..."do you love it?then play it"... but I am freaked out. Everyone I know will be there...and I am afraid my fingers will jam, or somthing like that! Any adivice?
    We (as a band) have decided that on Thursday, we'll have our after school practice from 4-6, and go strait to the concert from that.... eek again! I love to play..but....
  2. BigBohn


    Sep 29, 2001
    WPB, Florida
    You wimp.:p

    Sorry, I meant to say, "Good luck and break a leg." know what I mean ;)
  3. mikemulcahy


    Jun 13, 2000
    The Abyss
    Dont think so much. Just know your material cold and if you get too nervous, just kick your drummer in the nuts till the feeling passes.

    Good Luck!!!

  4. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    Just think about the good experience you'll be getting. After this, you'll be able to do any size show that you plan on playing. Besides, most of the crowd will be non-musicians so they won't know if you screw up (which you shouldn't, unless a beam falls on you), and they'll probably be impressed with what you CAN do.
  5. not quite Flea

    not quite Flea

    Oct 19, 2001
    I played my first gig not long ago, its nowhere as bad as you think it would be!! but mind you i played a total of 5 different notes through the whole song!! :rolleyes:

    but if you know your **** (and the song) youll do fine! best of luck :)
  6. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
  7. Turock

    Turock Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2000
    Don't worry about it; have fun. That's what it's all about.
  8. Josh Ryan

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

    Mar 24, 2001
    If you know the material, you'll be fine. Have a good time! Have fun!! Let us know how it goes.
  9. nothing to worry about. I had my first gig a little while ago and I was fine. As they aren't musicians in the crowd they wont know if you **** up so its cool. Just make sure you know ur stuff so you dont screw up and learn a basic scale incase you do.

    The way my PA was set you couldnt hear me properly neway but hey, no worries. I got many girls cumin up to me afterwards and saying i was amazing (obviously not musicians) and i must say, even though they dont have a clue its still kinda cool getting all the praise for sumthing I love doing. (i think they were just very impressed with how quickly I could move my hands ;))

    My main concern was that my hands would go numb and I wouldnt be able to move them properly so I planned to go to the sink and heat them up if that happened, but it didnt.

    So yeah, play well and move those hands quick and youll definatly get rewarded. Afterall... Chicks dig musicians. :)
  10. Thanks for the advice..but I'm not into girls... I like guys! :D
  11. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    good luck, you'll do fine :)
  12. John Davis

    John Davis Guest

    Mar 27, 2001
    Houston, Texas
    not quite Flea is right, I had my first gig a while back, wasn't nearly as bad as I thought.

    Well, good luck!
  13. You're lucky having the practise before the gig - use that time to work through parts of songs that you're a little uncomfortable with, but most importantly (IMO), relax, and use the time to stretch your fingers...last thing you want is to bodge a run or start cramping up because you weren't warmed up.

    Before one of our gigs, at home I often play a couple of our more challenging songs at up to twice the speed, and sometimes at half the speed - twice the speed to get my fingers working and fluid, half speed to work on timing.
  14. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000
    good luck, your gonna be just fine
  15. Don't worry about it, first gigs are (almost?) always fun, even if you screw up.

    And like everyone else said, relax, know your stuff, actually REHEARSE in rehearsal, and you should be fine. :)
  16. You can never truly be prepared for your first live show. Each person is different. I was nearly throwing up with nerves but after loading the gear on stage and doing sound check. i was sorta ok. I knew the stuff backwards, we had rehearsed for a year so we had no excuses.

    My dad commented and i agree, by about the 3rd song we were relaxed and into it. thats when your show starts. The first song and in our case the second, were a little tentative, but when u hear the applause and the shouts, you know they are for you.

    good luck.


  17. ONe Pointer - SMILE! It will make you feel 100% better, and everyone in the crowd will think you are just up there having fun. If you screw up, SMILE, they may even think you did it on purpose. If they see a worried look, they will be watching you like a hawk to see if you know what you are doing, so smile and have fun!!

    The guys will be throwing themselves at you - maybe ...

    One things for sure, when you leave the stage you will think it was the best experience of you life no matter how you played!

  18. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Keith has good advice. A smile or even a grimace will make you at least, appear to be in command of what you are doing. That's a big part of stage presence.

    Having a bit of the willies to some degree before going on is a good thing. It just means you want to perform well. Even the most seasoned, veteran, entertainers say they have some butterflies before they go on and say they should quit the business if they ever don't have a little bit of anxiety.

    One trick I learned is to look just over the heads of the people in the back row. It looks like you are having eye contact with the audience but you can actually be looking at the back wall and focusing on your playing and your place in the music.

    Bottomline, remember this - the audience WANTS TO LIKE YOU!!! If they didn't, they'd be elsewhere. The more times you do this, the easier it will get.
  19. frankencow150

    frankencow150 Guest

    Oct 17, 2001
    whats the song,ive never played in front of people so i dont have any adive except,practicepractice practice!!!

    big k(enny)
  20. We're doing "Jump Jive 'An Wail", and "Harlem Noctourne"... simple walking bass lines. :D