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Old 11-24-2012, 03:01 PM   #1
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Overcoming public anxiety?

Playing in front of people has been a major problem for me. When I was younger I had no problem. Now I hear little voices in my head judging me. I cant even play in my own home with out thinking about what my roommates are thinking about my guitar playing. Its really effecting my creativity.

The other day I went to guitar center to look at amps and was playing at %50 of my capability's because people wear around me. I was playing the same robotic rifts I had been playing for years and did not get to properly test out the amps.
How did you over come this problem?
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Old 11-24-2012, 03:05 PM   #2
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Old 11-24-2012, 03:06 PM   #3
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Just drive it into yourself that you've practiced hard enough to sound good, you ARE capable of it. The only reason that you should feel unconfident is if you haven't practiced.

Also, I used to chew gum when my first few gigs made me nervous. It made me think about chewing the actual gum, and then the guitar playing had come naturally to me.
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Old 11-24-2012, 03:06 PM   #4
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firstly, you sound like a twat when you say shit like


"and was playing at %50 of my capabilities"

don't be a twat.




second, I'm not sure. I've never given a shit what people think about me, and I still don't Try to give less of a shit about people. it's not like they give a shit about you?
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Old 11-24-2012, 03:09 PM   #5
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firstly, I sound like a twat

Bad day, huh?
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Old 11-24-2012, 03:11 PM   #6
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How did you over come this problem?



I stopped being a little bitch.
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Old 11-24-2012, 03:12 PM   #7
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firstly, you sound like a twat



What's so bad about sounding like a twat?
I love sounding like a twat. I only get ashamed when people can smell the queefing that's been going on, but apart from that, the world should sound like a vagina if they so wish.
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Old 11-24-2012, 03:12 PM   #8
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Bad day, huh?



nah, i'm just tired


I'm kind of a dick when I'm tired(and when i'm not), my lack of oxygen and brain activity somehow makes me think i'm better than everyone else.

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I love sounding like a twat. I only get ashamed when people can smell the queefing that's been going on, but apart from that, the world should sound like a vagina if they so wish.



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Old 11-24-2012, 03:13 PM   #9
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That's the spirit! Keep them lips wide open.
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Old 11-24-2012, 03:15 PM   #10
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if you're going to sound like a twat, you may as well look like one as well, you know?
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nah, i'm just tired


I'm kind of a dick when I'm tired(and when i'm not), my lack of oxygen and brain activity somehow makes me think i'm better than everyone else.


Fair enough. OP, just perform on the street, even if it goes shit you'll benefit.

I had the same problem as you but I just agreed to play in front of ~100 people and once it was over it wasn't really a problem any more. It helps to remember you have to **** up really badly to get a negative reaction from an audience.
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Old 11-24-2012, 03:32 PM   #12
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if you're going to sound like a twat, you may as well look like one as well, you know?


Oh I understand! That's why I have a hairy face.
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It's sound advice.
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Old 11-24-2012, 03:52 PM   #16
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Remember that nearly all artists of any genre can be very cruel to each other, whether it is jealousy, competitiveness, or their own insecurity.

Never expect a compliment from another artist. Never. Trust in yourself and your own ability and don't spend a moment's thought on what someone else thinks, because chances are no matter how good you are, they will put you down and secretly hope that you quit playing forever.
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Old 11-24-2012, 03:53 PM   #17
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Old 11-24-2012, 04:00 PM   #18
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I was like this for years, played 1 gig and it went away. There's really nothing you can do other than face your fear.

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It helps to remember you have to **** up really badly to get a negative reaction from an audience.

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Old 11-24-2012, 04:15 PM   #19
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Old 11-24-2012, 04:47 PM   #20
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The thing you have to realize about that "playing at 50%" thing, TS, is that that is not 50%. That is 100%. You're only as good as you are when put on the spot in front of people. Anything that you can play when you're in your room noodling around doesn't count unless you can play it in front of people with... realistically five minutes or less of warm up time.
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