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#1
Please help me with my music assignment! STOP don't close the window yet!
I know heaps of kids just post the question on these forums and pretty much expect an essay back and **** like that. And well, i'm kinda one of those kids... bUT NOT REALLY! My assignment says to "use the internet to research and/or communicate with performers: discuss their performance techniques and how they prepare works for performance"
And don't worry, i'm not slack. I've already rung a heap of people I know already. Just thought I'd put my list up here to further contribute to my project and/or other people's knowledge. SO here goes big nose!


I got a project where I have to "get in touch with performers and discuss their performance techniques and how they prepare works for performance" so, I've made a list of questions for you to answer which (hopefully) will finish my project.


COMBATING STRESS:

1. Do you get nervous before performances?

2. Do you have any calming techniques or phases you go through to minimise your stress levels?

3. Do you have any techniques to just get you as pumped up as possible?

4. Have you ever had an experience where you (or someone you were with) did not want to get on stage? If so what did you do to overcome this problem?


PREPARING A PIECE:

1. What is your practice regime?

2. When you get a song to perform what are the steps you take to make sure you know it properly?

3. If you are stuck on a certain bit of a song, what do you do?

PERFORMING:

1. You are called on to the stage. How do you get up?
(run, walk, smile and wave, scream...)

2. Now that you're up. Do you great the audience? and if so how?

3. You're halfway through a song and you stuff up, what do you do?

4. You're halfway through a song and someone else stuffs up, what do you do?

5. You're halfway through a song and your lead falls out or your strap falls off and your guitar falls to the ground. What do you do?

6. You're halfway through a song and the power goes out. What do you do?
(hahahaha)

7. How do you connect with the audience during a performance?

8. How do you order the songs you play when you perform?
(start strong and go mellow. etc)


Any other questions (and their answers) that sound like they need to be included might include:

Thankyou very very much, if you take the time to answer these questions! And if you know other people who might be better suited to answer them, please forward this message along to them, it would help me heaps for school.


-Maize
#2
1. Do you get nervous before performances?

Sometimes

2. Do you have any calming techniques or phases you go through to minimise your stress levels?

I always have a smoke before I jam, calms me. (In no way am I endorsing smoking, nor am I saying you shouldn't)

3. Do you have any techniques to just get you as pumped up as possible?

No

4. Have you ever had an experience where you (or someone you were with) did not want to get on stage? If so what did you do to overcome this problem?

Never had that.

1. What is your practice regime?

I don't practise I'm ashamed to say.

2. When you get a song to perform what are the steps you take to make sure you know it properly?

If I can perform a song while having a conversation then I feel I'm ready to perform it.

3. If you are stuck on a certain bit of a song, what do you do?

Go over it very very slowly multiple times.

1. You are called on to the stage. How do you get up?
(run, walk, smile and wave, scream...)

Walk.

2. Now that you're up. Do you great the audience? and if so how?

I'm a fairly casual person, so I just say hey what's up.

3. You're halfway through a song and you stuff up, what do you do?

Keep going, always shrug it off.

4. You're halfway through a song and someone else stuffs up, what do you do?

laugh and move on

5. You're halfway through a song and your lead falls out or your strap falls off and your guitar falls to the ground. What do you do?

swear and move on.

6. You're halfway through a song and the power goes out. What do you do?
(hahahaha)

Drop my pants

7. How do you connect with the audience during a performance?

I attempt to do this through music, but I blow, so I usually talk.

8. How do you order the songs you play when you perform?
(start strong and go mellow. etc)

Start soft and go out with a bang
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#4
COMBATING STRESS:

1. It really depends on who the audience is, but I have issues with playing for people I know for some odd reason.

2. I just warm up my fingers (as I am a guitarist) and hum a fun tune.

3. I listen to Iron Maiden, it gives me thrills

4. When I was playing at this Caleigh thing another guitarist wanted to play a cover of Metallica's One with me but he almost chickened out when we were about to go on. This probably isnt the nicest thing I've ever done but I pretty much dragged him out in front of the people and he was fine from then on.


PREPARING A PIECE:

1. I usually just play when I feel like playing unless theres a certain part that I can't get bugging me. When I do practice I try to get it right the first time so I spend plenty of time whenever I pick up my guitar.

2. I just take a couple listens to the song so I get familiar with the melodies and rhythm. I dont really take the traditional routes through keys but I noodle around where I think the proper frets are and can usually find my way after a while.

3. Try, Try, Try again. If it isn't done right the first time then chances are it will be even harder the next time you pick up your guitar.

PERFORMING:

1. Ride my Harley Davidson. But really, I just strap up my guitar and turn the amp from standyby to ON.

2. I greet the audience with the beginning of my performance whether it's Let There Be Rock by AC/DC or some lame pop punk rip-off.

3. Keep going, the audience wont notice. Only you and/or your band members will know if you screwed up.

4. Smile like they meant to do it. Again, nobody will know.

5. Your guitar shouldn't fall to the ground, if it does you're not holding it properly! If my patch falls out then I just pick it up and set 'er in. Happens all the time, who cares?

6. I'm the reason that the lights went out, rocked the place too hard I guess.

7. Play some great music! If you're having fun then chances are so is your audience.

8. My band and I like to select songs that go in and out of eachother. I guess we try to make our shows like concept albums (Pink Floyd's The Wall or Queensryche's Operation: Mindcrime) and make each song lead into the other taking breaks when our singer needs them.


I'm glad to have helped if I actually did. I'm not sure if you wanted an answer from a hard-headed rocker or an actual musician. I don't even know if I'd consider myself one, I'm just in the band

Have a good day
#7
Alright, I'll respond. I play in my local metal band (Extreme Isolation) and were recording and PLANNING on gigging, so that's performing artist-ish, right?

COMBATING STRESS:

1. Do you get nervous before performances?
A: Absolutely. Unless you're already in a band that sells out football stadiums and thinks playing Madison Square is a regular occasion for you, almost everyone does. Myself especially.

2. Do you have any calming techniques or phases you go through to minimise your stress levels?
A: I do slow breathing, and stretch so that I don't ache whilst rocking around on stage.

3. Do you have any techniques to just get you as pumped up as possible?
I do 15 jumping jacks to get the blood flowing and loosen up, then pickup my guitar and do speed picking chugs as fast as I possibly can without having a heart attack.

4. Have you ever had an experience where you (or someone you were with) did not want to get on stage? If so what did you do to overcome this problem?
A: Yes, my drummer intros one of our songs with this amazing fill, and he didn't want to get on stage because it's our opening song (It's fast and would get the audience pumped) and he was afraid he'd mess up. I told him to lighten up on himself, since it's original work and we don't have our demo recorded yet that even if he DOES mess up, the audience won't know the difference.


PREPARING A PIECE:

1. What is your practice regime?
1. Warm-up by myself. 2. Warm-up with the rest of the band (bass, drums, rhythm, vocals). 3. Begin recording, while one bandmate is recording the others prepare for the part they're going to record. 4. Writing time. Everyone just jams, and when you come up with something you think is good you get everyone else to shut up and let you play it and if they like it then we'll try and build on it. 5. Break time (we all rock out in a small room with a full drumset in the corner, it gets stuffy in there, and everyone needs a break!) 5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until the sun rises. 6. Sleep.

Lather, rinse, and repeat.

2. When you get a song to perform what are the steps you take to make sure you know it properly?
A: I have a genetic trait (photographic and tonal memory) that lets me remember things like fret numbers, finger positions, hand movements, etc... with ease. Don't ask me to elaborate, I honestly don't know how to explain it in great detail.

3. If you are stuck on a certain bit of a song, what do you do?
I slow it down and try it again. After I get it down at a slower speed I bump the speed up a bit, until I get up to tempo.

PERFORMING:

1. You are called on to the stage. How do you get up?
(run, walk, smile and wave, scream...)
A: My vocalist is the one that does the crazy stuff before we play songs; I start getting crazy whilst rocking out. Basically I walk on stage, smile and wave, and rock.

2. Now that you're up. Do you greet the audience? and if so how?
A: Only if the vocalist introduces me. Then I respond with a short little tapping lick.

3. You're halfway through a song and you stuff up, what do you do?
A: If by "stuff up" you mean "mess up", then I keep going with it. If I mess up mid-solo, I improvise until I get back to a main note in the solo and pick up from there. If I mess up big time I stop, let the rhythm guitarist stick out for a few seconds, and pick back up where he's at.

4. You're halfway through a song and someone else stuffs up, what do you do?
A: I probably wouldn't notice, I concentrate very hard on playing my own part, let alone trying to guide everyone elses.

5. You're halfway through a song and your lead falls out or your strap falls off and your guitar falls to the ground. What do you do?
A: If by "lead" you mean "cable", then I'll say to myself "crap..." and pick it up and plug in as fast as humanly possible. If my guitar strap comes off and my axe falls to the floor...I guess I'd go backstage and grab my Squier, hastily tune it to Drop C, then return quickly.

6. You're halfway through a song and the power goes out. What do you do?
(hahahaha)
A: Though the odds of that happening are very slim, I'd probably say an obscene word, and hope it comes back on. I'd also hope my amp didn't fry from the outage.

7. How do you connect with the audience during a performance?
A: When I get to a tapping portion I know well during a solo I'll pull a Gene Simmons, and stick my tongue out whilst staring out into the crowd, headbanging all the while.

8. How do you order the songs you play when you perform?
(start strong and go mellow. etc)
We start with our fast one, then go to our chugging one, then to our even FASTER one, and finally go to a slower but still chugging one, then if they want an encore we do another FASTER one. I can't give names of all the songs because we don't have them yet, but the very first song is "What Do You Want (From Me)"


Hope I helped!

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#8
COMBATING STRESS:

1. Do you get nervous before performances?

After more then 50 shows, no not really. Also I'm someone who loves to talk to an audience... The last time I was nervous was before playing an huge open air show with more than 300 people on a pretty big stage. Normally I play just club gigs, and thats not a problem.

2. Do you have any calming techniques or phases you go through to minimise your stress levels?

No, not really. I just make sure that I doublechecked my gear before, during and after soundcheck (and before starting the actual show)

3. Do you have any techniques to just get you as pumped up as possible?

No.

4. Have you ever had an experience where you (or someone you were with) did not want to get on stage? If so what did you do to overcome this problem?

No.


PREPARING A PIECE:

1. What is your practice regime?

Mhm play the songs until I know them.

2. When you get a song to perform what are the steps you take to make sure you know it properly?

Play it till I can write the whole song down (though I'm normally playing rhythm, so thats not that difficult)

3. If you are stuck on a certain bit of a song, what do you do?

Practice, Practice, Prcatice...

PERFORMING:

1. You are called on to the stage. How do you get up?
(run, walk, smile and wave, scream...)

Haha, normally we have the lights out and sneak onto the stage.

2. Now that you're up. Do you great the audience? and if so how?

No, we always start with the music first and greet the audience after we played the first song. Just standard phrases. If I recognize some fans or people I sometimes make jokes about them. Nice jokes if you get what I want to say.^^

3. You're halfway through a song and you stuff up, what do you do?

Just don't stop to play and smile.

4. You're halfway through a song and someone else stuffs up, what do you do?

Smile, nothing.

5. You're halfway through a song and your lead falls out or your strap falls off and your guitar falls to the ground. What do you do?

Laugh my ass of, get my guitar, get back into the song

6. You're halfway through a song and the power goes out. What do you do?
(hahahaha)

Standing in the dark. If I had my acoustic with me get it and play acoustic unplugged stuff.

7. How do you connect with the audience during a performance?

Talking, some handshaking, sometimes stagediving if I feel to.

8. How do you order the songs you play when you perform?
(start strong and go mellow. etc)

Depends on the Band. Start with an bang, slow down a little bit and get stronger to the end again, normally. Other than that, playing in my Indieband, we usually start with some light stuff, then some piano and acoustic stuff and then end with the "harder" songs.

Hope that helps you, and forgive the poor english, its to late here

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#10
COMBATING STRESS:

1. Do you get nervous before performances?

Yeah most of the time

2. Do you have any calming techniques or phases you go through to minimise your stress levels?

Not really, that's a good idea though!

3. Do you have any techniques to just get you as pumped up as possible?

Practicing the most intense song a lot

4. Have you ever had an experience where you (or someone you were with) did not want to get on stage? If so what did you do to overcome this problem?

Nope.

PREPARING A PIECE:

1. What is your practice regime?

Practice string skipping 20 minutes a day

2. When you get a song to perform what are the steps you take to make sure you know it properly?

Making sure I can play the song fluidly standing up, then making sure I can play it fluidly standing up and not looking at the neck, then making sure I can play it fluidly standing up and not looking at the neck and going crazy

3. If you are stuck on a certain bit of a song, what do you do?

Wait till I find something that flows with the piece rather than doodling around for it.

PERFORMING:

1. You are called on to the stage. How do you get up?
(run, walk, smile and wave, scream...)

Walk D:

2. Now that you're up. Do you great the audience? and if so how?

Yeah, I say the name of my band, thanks for coming out, and the name of the first song. Not a very great greeting haha

3. You're halfway through a song and you stuff up, what do you do?

Completely ignore it and hope everyone else does the same

4. You're halfway through a song and someone else stuffs up, what do you do?

Give them a mean look

5. You're halfway through a song and your lead falls out or your strap falls off and your guitar falls to the ground. What do you do?

Pick it up, what else?

6. You're halfway through a song and the power goes out. What do you do?
(hahahaha)

Try to figure out why the power went out

7. How do you connect with the audience during a performance?

I don't really D:

8. How do you order the songs you play when you perform?
(start strong and go mellow. etc)

Generally have a pretty intense song in the beginning but leave the best for the end
#11
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3. If you are stuck on a certain bit of a song, what do you do?

Wait till I find something that flows with the piece rather than doodling around for it.


whats that mean?
#12
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whats that mean?

Oh, sorry, I thought you meant creative blocks when songwriting. If it's me not being able to play it then i'll just practice it :P
#14
COMBATING STRESS:

1. Do you get nervous before performances? Nope not really

2. Do you have any calming techniques or phases you go through to minimise your stress levels? I don't get that nervous

3. Do you have any techniques to just get you as pumped up as possible? We play an easy upbeat song at the beginning to set the mood

4. Have you ever had an experience where you (or someone you were with) did not want to get on stage? If so what did you do to overcome this problem? Nope


PREPARING A PIECE:

1. What is your practice regime? Play songs

2. When you get a song to perform what are the steps you take to make sure you know it properly? Play along with the recording

3. If you are stuck on a certain bit of a song, what do you do? Slow it down and play it a crap load of times slowly speeding it up

PERFORMING:

1. You are called on to the stage. How do you get up?
(run, walk, smile and wave, scream...) Walk

2. Now that you're up. Do you great the audience? and if so how? I might wave, I'm just the guitarist, I dont talk to the crowd

3. You're halfway through a song and you stuff up, what do you do? Keep playing

4. You're halfway through a song and someone else stuffs up, what do you do? Keep Playing

5. You're halfway through a song and your lead falls out or your strap falls off and your guitar falls to the ground. What do you do? Fix it asap

6. You're halfway through a song and the power goes out. What do you do?
(hahahaha) This wouldnt be my issue

7. How do you connect with the audience during a performance? through the music... duh..

8. How do you order the songs you play when you perform?
(start strong and go mellow. etc) I use the advice in the sticky at the top of the board
#15
COMBATING STRESS:

1. No.

2. No.

3. Watch the other bands.

4. No.


PREPARING A PIECE:

1. Pick up my bass whenever I feel like. Noodle around and play/learn songs.

2. Practice, practice, practice.

3. Slow it down.

PERFORMING:

1. Smoothly, confidently, and with a big old smile.

2. Nope, that's the singer's job.

3. Don't show that you messed up and just roll with it. One of the things alot of people have trouble with on stage is rolling with the mistakes. **** happens and you just have to deal with it. As long as you don't look like you messed up, nobody will probably know anyways.

4. Same as above.

5. Get it in a playable state ASAP and hop back in.

6. Make fun of the situation.

7. Get into the music and make some jokes.

8. Start strong, end strong.
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#16
COMBATING STRESS:

1. Do you get nervous before performances?
Sometimes. So far my nerves have been easily combatted by running through some songs before we go on. Then I find I'm a lot more confident about what I'm going to do.

2. Do you have any calming techniques or phases you go through to minimise your stress levels?
Anything from my band's songs normally keeps me from choking. Tapping runs and stuff help as well. Gets me focused.

3. Do you have any techniques to just get you as pumped up as possible?
So far, just seeing the amount of people who've turned up to see us has been awesome.

4. Have you ever had an experience where you (or someone you were with) did not want to get on stage? If so what did you do to overcome this problem?
Yeah. Second show ever. Was in a pub, middle of the city, we were headlining and 'cause I'm under 18, I wasn't allowed in until just before we played, which was around midnight. I had to get my guitarists to take in all my gear early and then I had to hitch a lift with a mate around 10pm. Was lame.

PREPARING A PIECE:

1. What is your practice regime?
Run through our set list. Run through anything else. Practice other songs by other bands. Repeat.

2. When you get a song to perform what are the steps you take to make sure you know it properly?
Practice it, practice it and practice it some more.

3. If you are stuck on a certain bit of a song, what do you do?
If it's way beyond my level, I try it, try it slower, and if my fingers refuse to follow, I just learn the pattern and then go and learn something else. I find that I will play the slower version of the harder song whenever I'm just sitting around playing. And slowly I'll pick up how to play it faster.

PERFORMING:

1. You are called on to the stage. How do you get up?
(run, walk, smile and wave, scream...)
Walk up slowly. We have intro pieces for our live set so we can't distract from that.

2. Now that you're up. Do you great the audience? and if so how?
After the first song normally. Our vocalist introduces us and thanks the audience.

3. You're halfway through a song and you stuff up, what do you do?
Keep going. I'm a bassist so it's not as noticeable as long as I keep going.

4. You're halfway through a song and someone else stuffs up, what do you do?
Death stare them and then throw a guitar at their head. Nah, just hope that they pick up.

5. You're halfway through a song and your lead falls out or your strap falls off and your guitar falls to the ground. What do you do?
Fix it. ASAP.

6. You're halfway through a song and the power goes out. What do you do?
(hahahaha)
Not much you can do. I've seen this happen at a Whitechapel show and basically all they could do was stand around and see if they could get the power back. When they couldn't they started packing up.

7. How do you connect with the audience during a performance?
Acknowledge friends. Nod at people if they make a signal at you. Throw the horns back if someone throws it up. I make stupid faces a lot when I play, just because I can really.

8. How do you order the songs you play when you perform?
(start strong and go mellow. etc)
Intro track, big fast epic song, keep the epic going, break it up with some mosh styled, then more epic to finish.
#18
COMBATING STRESS:

1. Do you get nervous before performances?

I use to, and still do sometimes.

2. Do you have any calming techniques or phases you go through to minimise your stress levels?

Setting up my stuff usually helps. I focus solely on getting my stuff ready.

3. Do you have any techniques to just get you as pumped up as possible?

I think of everything I write songs about (I am in a politically driven band) and I remember why I am up there. hat usually does it.

4. Have you ever had an experience where you (or someone you were with) did not want to get on stage? If so what did you do to overcome this problem?

No actually. I hope I never encounter that problem.


PREPARING A PIECE:

1. What is your practice regime?

Not as good as it should be. lol

2. When you get a song to perform what are the steps you take to make sure you know it properly?

I really just do it over and over till it is second nature. Some songs take long, some don't.

3. If you are stuck on a certain bit of a song, what do you do?

Change it, improvise. Make it mine or power through till I get it.

PERFORMING:

1. You are called on to the stage. How do you get up?
(run, walk, smile and wave, scream...)

I'm a runner.

2. Now that you're up. Do you great the audience? and if so how?

Normally I enter through the back of the crowd and do a prepared speech. It normally get everyone going.

3. You're halfway through a song and you stuff up, what do you do?

Pretend like I know what is going on and keep going.

4. You're halfway through a song and someone else stuffs up, what do you do?

KEEP GOING!!!!

5. You're halfway through a song and your lead falls out or your strap falls off and your guitar falls to the ground. What do you do?

Oh god, that happened at my last gig. I was singing and playing a song and the strap pens fell out. I just dropped the guitar and kept singing then picked it up for the solo.

6. You're halfway through a song and the power goes out. What do you do?

Acoustic jam?


7. How do you connect with the audience during a performance?

I like to make them part of the show. We set up a mic in the audience and hand out lyric packs. We invite them on stage, hell I have passed my guitar to an audience member and proceeded to dance with everyone.

8. How do you order the songs you play when you perform?
(start strong and go mellow. etc)

I like the Rage Against The Machine approach. Start at 10 and get more intense from there.
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#19
COMBATING STRESS:

1. Do you get nervous before performances?

Yes.

2. Do you have any calming techniques or phases you go through to minimise your stress levels?

I drink some water, and try to talk to a couple people in the audience.

3. Do you have any techniques to just get you as pumped up as possible?

None really.

4. Have you ever had an experience where you (or someone you were with) did not want to get on stage? If so what did you do to overcome this problem?

Yes, we played.

PREPARING A PIECE:

1. What is your practice regime?

Practice when you can. Run through it alone, twice a day. Once when I wake up, one time before bed.

2. When you get a song to perform what are the steps you take to make sure you know it properly?

Practice it until you can do crazy stuff while playing it.

3. If you are stuck on a certain bit of a song, what do you do?

Just play through it.

PERFORMING:

1. You are called on to the stage. How do you get up?
(run, walk, smile and wave, scream...)

Walk up with my guitar around me.

2. Now that you're up. Do you great the audience? and if so how?

"Wow, you guys are ugly. Whatever, that makes me fit in more. Now this is our first song..."
I just tease and play with them.


3. You're halfway through a song and you stuff up, what do you do?

Play through.

4. You're halfway through a song and someone else stuffs up, what do you do?

Play through.

5. You're halfway through a song and your lead falls out or your strap falls off and your guitar falls to the ground. What do you do?

Grab it, rest it on my knee. Play through.

6. You're halfway through a song and the power goes out. What do you do?
(hahahaha)

Run out of the room without anybody noticing. Then pop in a couple minutes after everyone notices im gone.

7. How do you connect with the audience during a performance?

Eye contact, talking to them mid-song.

8. How do you order the songs you play when you perform?
(start strong and go mellow. etc)

Strong and then mellow.
#20
COMBATING STRESS:

1. Do you get nervous before performances?

I get a healthy anxiousness.

2. Do you have any calming techniques or phases you go through to minimise your stress levels?

Mayb eon sigaret or beer. Never more than that though

3. Do you have any techniques to just get you as pumped up as possible?

So far it comes naturally

4. Have you ever had an experience where you (or someone you were with) did not want to get on stage? If so what did you do to overcome this problem?

I have not have such an experience.

PREPARING A PIECE:

1. What is your practice regime?

Everyday at random moments. In total different from 2 till 6 hours depending on the day

2. When you get a song to perform what are the steps you take to make sure you know it properly?

Practice with just the sheet/tab, practice with song as backing track, rehearse with band.

3. If you are stuck on a certain bit of a song, what do you do?

Take two steps back and re-analyse the part if there are others way to play it. play it with different fingering that is.

PERFORMING:

1. You are called on to the stage. How do you get up?
(run, walk, smile and wave, scream...)

Differs, comes naturally per show. Normally I just keep a poker face and smile to someone I know in the crowd.

2. Now that you're up. Do you great the audience? and if so how?

I let my frontgirl do the talking.

3. You're halfway through a song and you stuff up, what do you do?

Pokerface, improvise till it comes back.

4. You're halfway through a song and someone else stuffs up, what do you do?

Pokerface, ignore the fact somebody stuffs up. If it goes to extreme levels I'll try and help to get back on track.

5. You're halfway through a song and your lead falls out or your strap falls off and your guitar falls to the ground. What do you do?

Damage Control, get playing ASAP.

6. You're halfway through a song and the power goes out. What do you do?
(hahahaha)

I have a plug box fo rmy pwoer with a light on it if it's on. Check the light, if the box is fine i'll try the plugs. Again, damage control/

7. How do you connect with the audience during a performance?

Look at them, smile, If I see someone sing a long, I'll start playbacking along with them.

8. How do you order the songs you play when you perform?
(start strong and go mellow. etc)

Strong, mellow/unknown, strong. With al practical differences between songs (like switching guitars) optimized to before mentioned strategy.
#21
COMBATING STRESS:

1. Do you get nervous before performances?

If we are playing at a new venue then, yes, but normally no.


2. Do you have any calming techniques or phases you go through to minimise your stress levels?

Not really


3. Do you have any techniques to just get you as pumped up as possible?

Again not really


4. Have you ever had an experience where you (or someone you were with) did not want to get on stage? If so what did you do to overcome this problem?

Yes. I spoke to our singer and said "we've done this before, there just happens to be more people here this time." helped him relax and we did an okay job, he still messed up some songs but we got through our set.


PREPARING A PIECE:

1. What is your practice regime?

I don't really have a practise regime. I play guitar alot at home without actually working on something specific and I gig at least once a week so that keeps me in good touch.


2. When you get a song to perform what are the steps you take to make sure you know it properly?

Listen to the piece until I know it properly all the different parts. Get a chord sheet for the piece and tab if I can't get the riffs from ear. Listen again for nuances and accents. Play along with the song 3-4 times without distortion (often without being plugged in) to make sure i know it properly and any bum notes can be spotted.


3. If you are stuck on a certain bit of a song, what do you do?

Practise the same part over and over again until I get it. If necessary (and own the track on vinyl) slow the part down and get it right.


PERFORMING:

1. You are called on to the stage. How do you get up?
(run, walk, smile and wave, scream...)

The only time we've even been called on to stage was a headliner for some council project and they wanted 2 bands with a bit of a local reputation. So we took it upon ourselves to wear wigs and get immensly drunk before we went on (giving a great example to the kids on the sceme). As far as i remember we ran on and waving as if we were stadium rock legends. However our real badn job is as a working pub band so we tend to be on the "stage" all the time anyway and theres never a compare. We basically set up get a drink in intoduce ourselves and go.

2. Now that you're up. Do you great the audience? and if so how?

It goes something like "good evening and welcome to ~venue name~, we're Asparagus Now and then break into our opener, currently Crossroads.


3. You're halfway through a song and you stuff up, what do you do?

Bend till it sounds right/keep going no matter what.


4. You're halfway through a song and someone else stuffs up, what do you do?

Give them a quick joking look and keep going no matter what


5. You're halfway through a song and your lead falls out or your strap falls off and your guitar falls to the ground. What do you do?

Pick it up/sort it out and keep going no matter what.


6. You're halfway through a song and the power goes out. What do you do?
(hahahaha)

Stop, laugh a bit, start and accapella version of "Mothers Lament"


7. How do you connect with the audience during a performance?

Not our strong suit to be honest. Mainly just get people to sing along if they know the songs. Our crowd interaction is horrendous.


8. How do you order the songs you play when you perform?
(start strong and go mellow. etc)

It totally depends on the venue we are playing and the clientelle in that particular night. However we always start off with something with a lot of energy. As a pub band we have got to play to our audience and the more times we play a venue the easier it becomes to guage a crowd. oh and finish with our reggae Freebird followed by encore classics.
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Guitar Set Up
Fender Strat Mex (Modded)
Toadwords Leo Jr
Vox Wah V847
Electro Harmonix LBP-1
Line 6 FM4
Boss DD-20
TC Electronic Tuner
Orange Tiny Terror(ist)


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#22
COMBATING STRESS:

1. Do you get nervous before performances? I used to. But not anymore.

2. Do you have any calming techniques or phases you go through to minimise your stress levels? First and foremost, be well rehearsed. I like to be alone for a few minutes, to stretch and do some deep breathing exercises. And finally, I pray.

3. Do you have any techniques to just get you as pumped up as possible? No, if you're not excited to perform, there's something wrong with you.

4. Have you ever had an experience where you (or someone you were with) did not want to get on stage? If so what did you do to overcome this problem? No


PREPARING A PIECE:

1. What is your practice regime? Practice is done at home on my own. When I go to a band "practice", it's to rehearse as a band. You shouldn't go to band practice, to learn your parts.

2. When you get a song to perform what are the steps you take to make sure you know it properly? First, I learn the rhythm parts. Then I learn any solos in the song.

3. If you are stuck on a certain bit of a song, what do you do? Usually, I can figure most stuff out by ear. But if I get stuck, I'll use tab. As for original material, first I'll learn all the rhythm parts. Then, I'll make a loop of the progression that I'm going to solo over, and I'll practice improvising over it until I come up with a lead that I like. I prefer to "compose" my solos, so that I can play the same solo everytime.

PERFORMING:

1. You are called on to the stage. How do you get up? Walk.

2. Now that you're up. Do you greet the audience? and if so how? Smile.

3. You're halfway through a song and you stuff up, what do you do? If you make a mistake, keep going and act as if nothing happend.

4. You're halfway through a song and someone else stuffs up, what do you do? Ignore it. Fortunately, I've never had anything really drastic go wrong.

5. You're halfway through a song and your lead falls out or your strap falls off and your guitar falls to the ground. What do you do? Never had that happen.

6. You're halfway through a song and the power goes out. What do you do?
Same answer as above.

7. How do you connect with the audience during a performance? Eye contact and smile.

8. How do you order the songs you play when you perform? Start with something really energetic. Keep the energy going for a few of songs. Maybe mellow it out a little, (if there are any mellow songs in the set list). Build the energy back up. Save best song for last.
There's my way and the wrong way.
Last edited by seth's daddy at Feb 27, 2009,
#23
COMBATING STRESS:

1. Do you get nervous before performances?

No, yet somewhere in the hour before performing i have that self-doubt moment, but that goes away when you think about why your in your band, as well as the compliments you've recieved over the years.
2. Do you have any calming techniques or phases you go through to minimise your stress levels?
Not really. I generally just don't think about it. Just do it.
3. Do you have any techniques to just get you as pumped up as possible?
Well, me and the guitarist just punch each-other for a while, that works.
4. Have you ever had an experience where you (or someone you were with) did not want to get on stage? If so what did you do to overcome this problem?
Well, i shot the guy.
*pause for laughter, tumbleweed rolls past*
But seriously, yes, and you basically convince them that by not going on their letting the band down as well as the crowd.

PREPARING A PIECE:

1. What is your practice regime?
30 mins a night/2 nights
2. When you get a song to perform what are the steps you take to make sure you know it properly?
Play it a dozen or so times and it's burnt into my brain.

3. If you are stuck on a certain bit of a song, what do you do?

Just push through the burn, man up.
PERFORMING:

1. You are called on to the stage. How do you get up?
(run, walk, smile and wave, scream...)

Walk, or possibly a slight strut.

2. Now that you're up. Do you great the audience? and if so how?

How you all doing tonight? We're December Days, so drink up, the more you drink the better we sound

3. You're halfway through a song and you stuff up, what do you do?

either keep going, or pull out for a sec, find my place and get back into it. But usually keep going. The Audience only notices a stuff-up if you let them.
4. You're halfway through a song and someone else stuffs up, what do you do?
Shoot them a greasy and continue.
5. You're halfway through a song and your lead falls out or your strap falls off and your guitar falls to the ground. What do you do?
Strap falls off, i play without strap, guitar hits ground, swear, followed by laugh and bag out the company of the strap-locks.
6. You're halfway through a song and the power goes out. What do you do?
(hahahaha)
Swear, and laugh.

7. How do you connect with the audience during a performance?

Just talk, ask a few questions, if they'd like to see our guitarist play shirtless *yet to be said actually, but that would be something to say*

8. How do you order the songs you play when you perform?
(start strong and go mellow. etc)

We usually start pretty strong, but we're in the middle of making more build-up songs.

Hope i helped TS!
#24
Quote by mdwallin
Thanks, some good answers there :P
You're under 18 and playing at pubs at midnight?!

I'm 17, 18 in April. We were headlining so we had no choice but to play late really.
#25
COMBATING STRESS:

1. Do you get nervous before performances? Not really anymore.

2. Do you have any calming techniques or phases you go through to minimise your stress levels? Think about anything and everything except the performance. Oh, and triple- and quadruple-check my gear. I have a strange phobia about gear.

3. Do you have any techniques to just get you as pumped up as possible? Nah.

4. Have you ever had an experience where you (or someone you were with) did not want to get on stage? If so what did you do to overcome this problem? Well, nobody generally has any choice but to go on stage so I've never had anybody back out like that.


PREPARING A PIECE:

1. What is your practice regime? I play stuff that I enjoy without really worrying about practicing technique. I find that I will learn a new technique to play a certain song and then maintain that skill later.

2. When you get a song to perform what are the steps you take to make sure you know it properly? Listen to it and then start working on playing it. Once I can play it, I try to work on details like transitioning from part to part properly, dynamics and tone, etc.

3. If you are stuck on a certain bit of a song, what do you do? All you can really do is practice, depending on what you're stuck on specifically. If I know the part but can't play it, then I slow it down or look for alternate fingerings that make it easier to play.

PERFORMING:

1. You are called on to the stage. How do you get up? Walk, I suppose.
(run, walk, smile and wave, scream...)

2. Now that you're up. Do you great the audience? and if so how? Nah. Bass players don't get to talk.

3. You're halfway through a song and you stuff up, what do you do? If I screw up, I move on and forget it. If I blank completely, then I'm in trouble but try to continue and get back into the flow as quickly as possible.

4. You're halfway through a song and someone else stuffs up, what do you do? I usually look over at them and laugh a bit. People generally know when they screw up and it's good for a laugh.

5. You're halfway through a song and your lead falls out or your strap falls off and your guitar falls to the ground. What do you do? Correct it and get playing again as soon as possible, and most importantly, shrug it off. Forget about it and keep going.

6. You're halfway through a song and the power goes out. What do you do?
(hahahaha) Cry.

7. How do you connect with the audience during a performance? Musically.

8. How do you order the songs you play when you perform? Start big. End big.
(start strong and go mellow. etc)
#26
aright, you guys all rock! I'm really surprised how many replies I got (not to mention grateful)
Got some great quotes and that. Some new info. All's good. Thanks
If me essay turns out to be at least a little informative, I'll put it up as a lesson or article or something
#27
COMBATING STRESS:

1. Do you get nervous before performances?
I did, but I've come over that.


2. Do you have any calming techniques or phases you go through to minimise your stress levels?
Not really.


3. Do you have any techniques to just get you as pumped up as possible?
25 pull ups right before I go out


4. Have you ever had an experience where you (or someone you were with) did not want to get on stage? If so what did you do to overcome this problem?
well... not really. A bandmember once got some kind of black-out once, but he got over it before we was to perform.


PREPARING A PIECE:

1. What is your practice regime?
listen to the song, write it down, play it.
If that's what you meant?


2. When you get a song to perform what are the steps you take to make sure you know it properly?
Listen to it if I can, and play along to it. other jsut memorize the chords/ riff and practice it through so I know it without seeing some kind of sheet on in (chords, tab, w/e)


3. If you are stuck on a certain bit of a song, what do you do?
break down what I have problems with, say a drum fill or something.
Slow it down, listen, eventually write it down if I need and the practice it slowly


PERFORMING:

1. You are called on to the stage. How do you get up?
(run, walk, smile and wave, scream...)
depends... If going from backstage, I'll walk/run in and wave.
depends a lot on the mood

2. Now that you're up. Do you great the audience? and if so how?
not really... just introduce us/me and play


3. You're halfway through a song and you stuff up, what do you do?
continue from where I made my mistake. In worst case I'll yell a chord/ piece of the song (e.g. solo) and we take it from there

4. You're halfway through a song and someone else stuffs up, what do you do?
try to cover it up while counting him/her in again


5. You're halfway through a song and your lead falls out or your strap falls off and your guitar falls to the ground. What do you do?
pick it up, play it resting to the ground ad fixes te strap after the song


6. You're halfway through a song and the power goes out. What do you do?
(hahahaha)
Laugh


7. How do you connect with the audience during a performance?
Look'em in the eye and talk.


8. How do you order the songs you play when you perform?
(start strong and go mellow. etc)
start with a familiar and then kinda keep the tempo up for the rest of the gig
You like it
#28
COMBATING STRESS:

1. Do you get nervous before performances?
Not really, but I guess a little bit is always there. When you're getting up on stage 4 or 5 times a week the novelty wears off and the nerves disappear - but it's always there, just at the back of your mind.

To put it another way, fighter pilots fly so often that to them it can become routine, almost like any other job. But just because you do it every day, you're still flying a supersonic, multi-million-pound fighter jet...

2. Do you have any calming techniques or phases you go through to minimise your stress levels?
Does "double scotch, no ice" count as a calming technique? Otherwise, no.

3. Do you have any techniques to just get you as pumped up as possible?
See previous answer

4. Have you ever had an experience where you (or someone you were with) did not want to get on stage? If so what did you do to overcome this problem?
Yes, there've been times where the band simply don't get on before a gig, but we've learned that if there's a personal problem before the gig, it's imperative that you put it aside until afterwards.
There's also been times where you arrive at a bar/club and instantly know it's going to fall flat - but you've already agreed to it, and you're getting paid - so you do the job you've been booked to do.


PREPARING A PIECE:

1. What is your practice regime?
I don't have one. Half of the songs we learn are scribbled on a bit of paper before the gig, and the rest I learn in a spare hour or two. I play all the time, but I rarely practice - regular gigging renders it almost unnecessary.

2. When you get a song to perform what are the steps you take to make sure you know it properly?
I can't answer that - my band really relies heavily on our own improvising skill.

3. If you are stuck on a certain bit of a song, what do you do?
Make our other guitarist (bonzo_lives) play it!


PERFORMING:

1. You are called on to the stage. How do you get up?
(run, walk, smile and wave, scream...)

In the venues we play, we tend to act as judge, jury,and executioner - we set up the stage, do the PA, everything, in front of the crowd, so you can't hide. In the few times where I play a bigger venue, I tend to come on with a cocky swagger and a glass of whisky in hand.

2. Now that you're up. Do you great the audience? and if so how?
"Good evening, we're --------, and this is what we do..." tends to suffice. Though I prefer to do the introductions after the opening number, it makes the crowd a little more receptive and ensures they're paying full attention.

3. You're halfway through a song and you stuff up, what do you do?
If it's a big one, I'll draw a bit of banter out of it on the mics. If it's minor, I very much doubt anyone except the odd muso would notice.

4. You're halfway through a song and someone else stuffs up, what do you do?
If possible, try and cover their part as best I can. Maybe look over an give them a grin; we usually joke about each others' mistakes.

5. You're halfway through a song and your lead falls out or your strap falls off and your guitar falls to the ground. What do you do?
Never happened to me, due mostly to the awe-inspiring power of my grolsch-bottle straplocks (another story!). When it happens - like the other month when I broke two strings in a song - I'll keep doing the vocals no matter what, and if necessary the other three will play the next song as a trio so I can fix the problem.

6. You're halfway through a song and the power goes out. What do you do?
(hahahaha)

Got to agree with my fellow guitarist here on 'Mother's Lament'. There's really not much you can do, is there? A fortnight ago a guy collapsed at our jam night and we had to marshal the crowd so the ambulancemen could get through - you've got to be prepared for anything!

7. How do you connect with the audience during a performance?
Not our strongest suit to be honest.
But then, they're there to hear some rock music, not mediocre stand-up comedy. Nor do they want to hear a ten-minute spiel about how and why you wrote a song, what it means to you, etc.
The audience will 'connect' with you if they like the music - you can't force them to respect you just by chatting away like you're all good mates. You can make it easier by using lighting, stage moves etc to make it more of a memorable experience, but the music is still central.

8. How do you order the songs you play when you perform?
We'll have a list of maybe 30 or so tracks that we want to do that night, but we won't write a setlist until we've taken a good look at the audience to gauge what they'd respond best to.


Hope my (somewhat cynical) answers help with your project. When I was in school, I never got to do fun stuff like chat about music
Last edited by kyle62 at Mar 3, 2009,
#29
i know its not the same as performing on stage, but im 14 and can't play anywhere. i often go busking and play metal/shred stuff so i'll talk about that

COMBATING STRESS:

1. Do you get nervous before performances?
always, i constantly check i have batteries, cables, straps etc
2. Do you have any calming techniques or phases you go through to minimise your stress levels?
panic more.....
3. Do you have any techniques to just get you as pumped up as possible?
just warm up exercises
4. Have you ever had an experience where you (or someone you were with) did not want to get on stage? If so what did you do to overcome this problem?
i have the natural gift of a huge ego and being a show off, aslong as i have a guitar in my hands i don't get nervous

PREPARING A PIECE:

1. What is your practice regime?
just technique practice -
2. When you get a song to perform what are the steps you take to make sure you know it properly?
play it blindfolded at half speed, then full speed, then transposed higher and lower, then at the right place etc
3. If you are stuck on a certain bit of a song, what do you do?
improvise, sweep pick all the strings as fast as possible, scale runs.
PERFORMING:

1. You are called on to the stage. How do you get up?
(run, walk, smile and wave, scream...)
set up gear, sweep pick, do some tapping, sweep tapping and a scale run
2. Now that you're up. Do you great the audience? and if so how?
nope....
3. You're halfway through a song and you stuff up, what do you do?
sweep pick really fast
4. You're halfway through a song and someone else stuffs up, what do you do?
--
5. You're halfway through a song and your lead falls out or your strap falls off and your guitar falls to the ground. What do you do?
my strap is secured to my guitar with straplocks, but the lead only comes out when i pull it between songs to untangle it
6. You're halfway through a song and the power goes out. What do you do?
(hahahaha)
collect my money and go home.
7. How do you connect with the audience during a performance?
ermm....sweep pick as fast as possible
8. How do you order the songs you play when you perform?
(start strong and go mellow. etc)
start really fast, then more melodic and repeat, so normally like, blitzkreig then no boundaries,glasgow kiss, under the influence then stabwound random solos and repeat the process.

as you can tell, i sweep pick as an all-purpose anything solver, but bear in mind this isn't with a band or actual gigging.

"The mind is its own place, and in itself

Can make a Heav'n of Hell, a Hell of Heav'n"

- John Milton, Paradise Lost
#30
It's 3:00 in the morning, so I'm sorry if my answers are a bit bland


COMBATING STRESS:

1. Do you get nervous before performances?

Depends. If it's a large gig, or a gig where we're out of our comfort-zone, then I'll get a bit nervous. We're a christian band, so being out of our comfort-zone is a fairly easy thing to do...for example, we recently played at a place that is also frequented by Cannibal Corpse fans. Not surprisingly, we didn't draw much of a crowd.

2. Do you have any calming techniques or phases you go through to minimize your stress levels?

No, actually. I probably should though.

3. Do you have any techniques to just get you as pumped up as possible?

See #2.

4. Have you ever had an experience where you (or someone you were with) did not want to get on stage? If so what did you do to overcome this problem?

Can't say I have, actually...


PREPARING A PIECE:

1. What is your practice regime?

I'll pick a few songs and run through them. If I find a problem in one, I'll start there and practice it until I get it right.

2. When you get a song to perform what are the steps you take to make sure you know it properly?

Band practice, pretty much. It's the only way to make sure everyone's playing it the same way.

3. If you are stuck on a certain bit of a song, what do you do?

I'll usually play it half-time to build muscle memory, and build up to full speed.

PERFORMING:

1. You are called on to the stage. How do you get up?
(run, walk, smile and wave, scream...)

With us, this usually involves setting up our gear, which is done as quickly as possible. Being the bassist, I have the biggest rig to set up apart from the drummer, but we all help with that. I'm usually pretty zoned-in on the task and am mostly oblivious to anything not related to setup.

2. Now that you're up. Do you greet the audience? and if so how?

I don't...I'm the bassist. We're supposed to be in the back by the drummer

Seriously, though, I'll say something once in a while, but I'm far from being the frontman...or frontwoman in our case. I usually just hang back and let her and the guitarists do the greeting.

3. You're halfway through a song and you stuff up, what do you do?

Root notes.

If it's really bad, I'll either stop playing, or if possible hit the distortion and play low on the B string until I catch on again...the actual pitch of the instrument is indecipherable like that, but it still adds rumble to the music so it doesn't sound like I've just stopped.

4. You're halfway through a song and someone else stuffs up, what do you do?

I'll usually fall into a root-note line with heavy emphasis on the down-beat. This helps everyone get back together.

5. You're halfway through a song and your lead falls out or your strap falls off and your guitar falls to the ground. What do you do?

Pick it up and start playing again.

6. You're halfway through a song and the power goes out. What do you do?
(hahahaha)

Depends. If we're playing electric, we'd probabl just stop. Acoustic, I'd grab a pick and wail on my poor acoustic bass for all it was worth to try and keep up with the band. (acoustic basses are extremely quiet...they're not meant to be played un-amped)

7. How do you connect with the audience during a performance?

I'll get close to them, sometimes even jumping off the stage. Usually, though, I let the guitarists and singer take care of that. I need to work on my stage presence.

8. How do you order the songs you play when you perform?
(start strong and go mellow. etc)

We start fairly strong, put the mellow stuff just past the middle part, and end with some high-energy songs.
Nope, no sig here.
#31
COMBATING STRESS:

1. Do you get nervous before performances?
Not really, sometimes, but just good nervous, the kind that makes you play tight.
2. Do you have any calming techniques or phases you go through to minimise your stress levels?
Nah, just looking at the performance as having fun, and no pressure

3. Do you have any techniques to just get you as pumped up as possible?
We just talk through the song
4. Have you ever had an experience where you (or someone you were with) did not want to get on stage? If so what did you do to overcome this problem?
Yes, our drummer, he was a bit self contious to play. But after our sound test and stuff, and he got a taste of how its like to play at a stage. After that we was really keen on playing

PREPARING A PIECE:

1. What is your practice regime?
Me (Lead guitarist, main songwriter) usually writes a song, then i bring the main idea to practice, and then i get feedback, and input from the other members of the band. I usually lay down the main riff, then figure out the rythmpart for it. The bass tracks are mostly mutual consent between me and our bassist. The drummer comes up with the beats, but consults with us first. The melody of the song is often improvised untill we find something we are really happy with. I would say that most of the band stuff goes through me, but the creative input of the song as a whole is a product of the band as an entity.
2. When you get a song to perform what are the steps you take to make sure you know it properly?
We go through it loads of times, really focusing on the parts we are not so good at. I teach the parts i have written to the other members, present the lyrics to the singer, and then we try and go through it at full speed, regardless. Then we see what we have to really work on. And when we have it, we just play it over and over.

3. If you are stuck on a certain bit of a song, what do you do?
Take it slower and then build up speed. We try to get it as tight as possible at the the speed closest to the actual speed. Then we rinse and repeat the part until we have it down perfectly.
PERFORMING:

1. You are called on to the stage. How do you get up?
(run, walk, smile and wave, scream...)
We improvise that part. Usually just giving a gesture to the audience, raising our hands and salute them.
2. Now that you're up. Do you great the audience? and if so how?
Yes we do. Usually just something like "How are you doing?" and stuff like that, introducing the song and stuff. Really basic.
3. You're halfway through a song and you stuff up, what do you do?
Keep on playing like nothing happened. Whatever the mistake, you should not stop a song halfway through
4. You're halfway through a song and someone else stuffs up, what do you do?
Same as above.
5. You're halfway through a song and your lead falls out or your strap falls off and your guitar falls to the ground. What do you do?
Make a joke of it after the song.
6. You're halfway through a song and the power goes out. What do you do?
(hahahaha)
Same as above. Its really out of our hands if the power goes out, so the only thing we can do is to joke about the venue.
7. How do you connect with the audience during a performance?
Make jokes, tell really short stories of how the band works, or how the song was written. Stuff that is entertaining.
8. How do you order the songs you play when you perform?
(start strong and go mellow. etc)
We start strong, then go more mellow, then we end strong.
#32
COMBATING STRESS:

1. Do you get nervous before performances?

A little bit. My heartbeat gets stronger and stronger with every minute

2. Do you have any calming techniques or phases you go through to minimise your stress levels?

Breathing

3. Do you have any techniques to just get you as pumped up as possible?

Breathing

4. Have you ever had an experience where you (or someone you were with) did not want to get on stage? If so what did you do to overcome this problem?

The most gigs I had were solo..so no

PREPARING A PIECE:

1. What is your practice regime?

Practicing one song until it's ready to be performed, then the next one.

2. When you get a song to perform what are the steps you take to make sure you know it properly?

Practice it slowly. Play it louder as it should be natural, so the volume won't go down too much if it is a faster peace (note that i am talking about a classical guitar)

3. If you are stuck on a certain bit of a song, what do you do?

Leave it and try it later on again.

PERFORMING:

1. You are called on to the stage. How do you get up?
(run, walk, smile and wave, scream...)

Walk and avoiding eye contact with the audience (it's making me nervous )

2. Now that you're up. Do you great the audience? and if so how?

Only a short introduction, then telling them that i hope they'll enjoy it

3. You're halfway through a song and you stuff up, what do you do?

Go on and act as if nothing happened. In the worst case, trying to improvise. Just doing something so the audience doesn't care.

4. You're halfway through a song and someone else stuffs up, what do you do?

Go a little bit slower and wait till he catches himself again

5. You're halfway through a song and your lead falls out or your strap falls off and your guitar falls to the ground. What do you do?

Pick it up fast and play while crouching. If not possible, hoping the band can cover the mistake somehow

6. You're halfway through a song and the power goes out. What do you do?
(hahahaha)

Laugh (**** happens)

7. How do you connect with the audience during a performance?

As soon as I feel comfortable on stage I start showing off a little (playing legato only, soloing on my back if it is possible and stuff like that)

But, as I stated before, that I had way more gigs with my classical guitar, I am just sitting there and play the pieces (what else? )

8. How do you order the songs you play when you perform?
(start strong and go mellow. etc)

Well if it's classical:
Overtures to begin with (usually rather soulful and slow pieces) then some rather dramatic or sad ones. I usually end it with a fast or lively song.

Electric guitar:
Fast opening - Taking out the tempo with something slow - Go out with a big bang
Last edited by Pakao at Mar 5, 2009,
#33
COMBATING STRESS:

1. Do you get nervous before performances?

I'm usualy slight nervous before a gig and very occasionaly very nervous, but it doesn't ever affect my performance, it enhances it because it supplies you with the adrenalin to go completely mental.

2. Do you have any calming techniques or phases you go through to minimise your stress levels?

Not really, I just tend to think to myself that if I wasn't at all nervous, then the gig would be boring, so I'm thankful for being nervous

3. Do you have any techniques to just get you as pumped up as possible?

Just walking on stage generaly does it for me.

4. Have you ever had an experience where you (or someone you were with) did not want to get on stage? If so what did you do to overcome this problem?

I've experienced it, not because of nerves though, usualy because the gig has turned out to be something completely different from what was promised by a promoter.


PREPARING A PIECE:

1. What is your practice regime?

Rehearse the living daylights out of it.

2. When you get a song to perform what are the steps you take to make sure you know it properly?

I rehearse the living daylights out of it (if I'm still unsure by the time it's gigged, I generaly have the words to the song on a piece of paper at my feet to glance at if I get stuck.

3. If you are stuck on a certain bit of a song, what do you do?

Soldier on as best I can, even possibly ad-libbing, there really isn't anything else you can do.

PERFORMING:

1. You are called on to the stage. How do you get up?
(run, walk, smile and wave, scream...)

Calmly walk on stage while the band are playing the intro to 'Black Sabbath', stand at the front of the stage facing the audience and raise my arms in the air with the two finger peace sign, just like Ozzy does, but then, I am in a Sabbath tribute band.
This is actualy my favourite part of the gig because the crowd always goes nuts when a guy dressed as Ozzy walks on stage and does that and it's also usualy a pretty good measure of what sort of crowd you have and how responsive they are gonna be. If they don't react too well, I try harder than usual to whip 'em up during the first break between songs and if that doesn't work, I calm down a bit and let the music do the talking. If they respond to the music, (which such a crowd usualy does) then I gently push 'em until they are eating out of the palm of my hand.
There's nothing that looks more embarassing than having a frontman going crazy on stage to an unresponsive audience, you can practicaly see the tumbleweeds going past when that happens.

2. Now that you're up. Do you great the audience? and if so how?

After the second song (the first two are played straight through without a break) I shout 'Good evening! Is everybody alright?' then say 'I can't hear you' a couple of times which generaly get's the crowd to be a little more vocal

3. You're halfway through a song and you stuff up, what do you do?

Soldier on, ad-lib. NEVER stop playing.

4. You're halfway through a song and someone else stuffs up, what do you do?

If he's playing in the wrong key without realising, I run up to him and shout the right key in his ear, if it's a bum note, I usualy ignore it unless it's a really obvious one in which case I point and laugh at the person responsible which generaly get's the crowd doing the same.

5. You're halfway through a song and your lead falls out or your strap falls off and your guitar falls to the ground. What do you do?

Sack the roadie who put the strap on and plugged the guitar in.
Seriously, have a damn good laugh about it on stage, there's no point in losing your cool over it and from the audience's point of view, such a thing happening would be funny.

6. You're halfway through a song and the power goes out. What do you do?
(hahahaha)

This has happened a couple of times to me, we've handled it by singing accappela in harmony or even getting the crowd to sing something silly like My Old Man's a Dustman until the power comes back on.

7. How do you connect with the audience during a performance?

I talk to them, try to fire them up, have a laugh, get up to all sorts of silly stage antics and reply to any hecklers with a suitable one liner that generaly get's a laugh from the rest of the audience.

8. How do you order the songs you play when you perform?
(start strong and go mellow. etc)

Start fairly strong, go straight into a stronger song without a break (which just boosts the already high adrenalin level to a higher level) then after saying hello, I try to make sure that each song after that is alternate and in a different key to the song before it.
I always like to end on a strong song too.
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#34
COMBATING STRESS:

1. Do you get nervous before performances?
sometimes

2. Do you have any calming techniques or phases you go through to minimise your stress levels?
not really

3. Do you have any techniques to just get you as pumped up as possible?


4. Have you ever had an experience where you (or someone you were with) did not want to get on stage? If so what did you do to overcome this problem?
Nope.

PREPARING A PIECE:

1. What is your practice regime?
I just practice the piece for hours until I have it nicely, then practice it for an hour or so the next few days so i dont forget it.

2. When you get a song to perform what are the steps you take to make sure you know it properly?
practice, alottt of practice

3. If you are stuck on a certain bit of a song, what do you do?
Break it up, play it bit by bit really slowly then gradually speed it up and join up the pieces.

PERFORMING:

1. You are called on to the stage. How do you get up?
(run, walk, smile and wave, scream...)
Walk, smile and wave

2. Now that you're up. Do you great the audience? and if so how?
Just a "hey, hows everyone tonight" or something along those lines.

3. You're halfway through a song and you stuff up, what do you do?
keep playing.

4. You're halfway through a song and someone else stuffs up, what do you do?
keep playing.

5. You're halfway through a song and your lead falls out or your strap falls off and your guitar falls to the ground. What do you do?
Swear loudly, then pick up the guitar angrily but act like its all part of the act. or a pete townshend, depending on my level of drunkeness.

6. You're halfway through a song and the power goes out. What do you do?
(hahahaha)
Swear really loudly, as silence desends down upon the place.

7. How do you connect with the audience during a performance?
Eye contact, talk to them.

8. How do you order the songs you play when you perform?
(start strong and go mellow. etc)

Usually strong, go mellow, then strong again. Try to finish and start on an upbeat song.
#35
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COMBATING STRESS:

1. Do you get nervous before performances?
sometimes

2. Do you have any calming techniques or phases you go through to minimise your stress levels?
not really

3. Do you have any techniques to just get you as pumped up as possible?


4. Have you ever had an experience where you (or someone you were with) did not want to get on stage? If so what did you do to overcome this problem?
Nope.

PREPARING A PIECE:

1. What is your practice regime?
I just practice the piece for hours until I have it nicely, then practice it for an hour or so the next few days so i dont forget it.

2. When you get a song to perform what are the steps you take to make sure you know it properly?
practice, alottt of practice

3. If you are stuck on a certain bit of a song, what do you do?
Break it up, play it bit by bit really slowly then gradually speed it up and join up the pieces.

PERFORMING:

1. You are called on to the stage. How do you get up?
(run, walk, smile and wave, scream...)
Walk, smile and wave

2. Now that you're up. Do you great the audience? and if so how?
Just a "hey, hows everyone tonight" or something along those lines.

3. You're halfway through a song and you stuff up, what do you do?
keep playing.

4. You're halfway through a song and someone else stuffs up, what do you do?
keep playing.

5. You're halfway through a song and your lead falls out or your strap falls off and your guitar falls to the ground. What do you do?
Swear loudly, then pick up the guitar angrily but act like its all part of the act. or a pete townshend, depending on my level of drunkeness.

6. You're halfway through a song and the power goes out. What do you do?
(hahahaha)
Swear really loudly, as silence desends down upon the place.

7. How do you connect with the audience during a performance?
Eye contact, talk to them.

8. How do you order the songs you play when you perform?
(start strong and go mellow. etc)

Usually strong, go mellow, then strong again. Try to finish and start on an upbeat song.



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#36
COMBATING STRESS:

1. Do you get nervous before performances?

o yeah, everytime.. not like sweating my balls off freaking out.. but yeah i get butterflies.


2. Do you have any calming techniques or phases you go through to minimise your stress levels?

smoke pot.


3. Do you have any techniques to just get you as pumped up as possible?

once im on stage and i see all the faces of people just waiting for me i get pumped as hell..


4. Have you ever had an experience where you (or someone you were with) did not want to get on stage? If so what did you do to overcome this problem?

nah..


PREPARING A PIECE:

1. What is your practice regime?

i find/make my set list, and then play those songs for at least a week before i play "live"


2. When you get a song to perform what are the steps you take to make sure you know it properly?

uhhhhhh i write the songs.. or theyre covers i love.


3. If you are stuck on a certain bit of a song, what do you do?

Practice til it hurts.


PERFORMING:

1. You are called on to the stage. How do you get up?
walk.. smiles to the crowd.. i plug in, tune up and say a few silly things to get the crowd to laugh.... or say something outrageous to drop their jaws... something political, you know?


2. Now that you're up. Do you great the audience? and if so how?

"hows it going?" "whats up?" i speak to the crowd like they my friends and i know everyone.. i also talk **** on the crowd, offhandedly


3. You're halfway through a song and you stuff up, what do you do?

stick my tongue out and keep playing.. unless i break a string, then thats it. i tell the crowd i broke a string.. quit/replace string/borrow guitar.


4. You're halfway through a song and someone else stuffs up, what do you do?

i play one man band stylee


5. You're halfway through a song and your lead falls out or your strap falls off and your guitar falls to the ground. What do you do?

my guitar never falls to the ground.. i always have a good grip on the fretboard.. it strap busts i bend down a bit and hold the guitar on my knee... trying not to Fvck up or stop playing. if cable comes out i basically have to stop, plug in, then pick up in/with time.


6. You're halfway through a song and the power goes out. What do you do?

dont stop at all... just start belting the song... i play acoustic usually.. if not, theyll hear my electric strumming


7. How do you connect with the audience during a performance?

make jokes about them and myself.. as well as ask questions that dont really need an answer.... make sure you LOOK at the crowd to see what the age/stereotype of the crowd mainly is.. make jokes theyll get......... look for someone who doesnt fit in, make a joke youd think theyd get, point to them and say "this guy knows what i mean!" then go right into rocking, not waiting for their response.


8. How do you order the songs you play when you perform?
(start strong and go mellow. etc)


Start rocking immediately. follow up with something just as hard. then go harder, or bring it down a bit... then something mellow (best if right after hardest song)

i actually write my set list according to key of the song .. which i think makes my sets sound even better.
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#38
COMBATING STRESS:

1. Do you get nervous before performances?

a little but once the first note is hit its gone. I do it for me, not for them. Why should i be nervous?


2. Do you have any calming techniques or phases you go through to minimise your stress levels?

tune the guitar. strum the simple man chords unplugged, sing a lil


3. Do you have any techniques to just get you as pumped up as possible?

SEARCHIN...SEEK and DESTROY. Always gotta listen to that song, pre-performance


4. Have you ever had an experience where you (or someone you were with) did not want to get on stage? If so what did you do to overcome this problem?

not yet


PREPARING A PIECE:

1. What is your practice regime?

Play by myself daily. Jam very often


2. When you get a song to perform what are the steps you take to make sure you know it properly?

Learn it, look at the lyrics on the internet/album sleeve, put it on my ipod, and finally go over it with the band


3. If you are stuck on a certain bit of a song, what do you do?

Simplify it or slow it down and build up speed


PERFORMING:

1. You are called on to the stage. How do you get up?
(run, walk, smile and wave, scream...)

walk out, "Hey, how we doin'? Lets do some rockin'" *Go into song
2. Now that you're up. Do you great the audience? and if so how?

See above answer ^^


3. You're halfway through a song and you stuff up, what do you do?

Blame the drummer! nah, look at the other guitarist or bassist and find my place


4. You're halfway through a song and someone else stuffs up, what do you do?

Look around and make sure that wasnt me


5. You're halfway through a song and your lead falls out or your strap falls off and your guitar falls to the ground. What do you do?

This is why i have another guitarist


6. You're halfway through a song and the power goes out. What do you do?
(hahahaha)

Jokingly cheer and mess with the audience


7. How do you connect with the audience during a performance?

Get um to sing along, jam right up next to um.


8. How do you order the songs you play when you perform?
(start strong and go mellow. etc)

We start off with our best couple songs to get off on the right foot, throw all the iffy stuff in the middle, end with stranglehold and freebird
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#39
COMBATING STRESS:

1. Do you get nervous before performances?

Sometimes just depends on how big the venue is and knowing how many people are going to be there

2. Do you have any calming techniques or phases you go through to minimise your stress levels?

I listen to the 9th symphony a few times (lol i play thrash metal and i listen to classical oh the hilarity)

3. Do you have any techniques to just get you as pumped up as possible?

I listen to Impossible Brutality by Kreator in the 10 minutes before going on

4. Have you ever had an experience where you (or someone you were with) did not want to get on stage? If so what did you do to overcome this problem?

Never had this problem.


PREPARING A PIECE:

1. What is your practice regime?

mon, wed, fri, sun - My house writing / tue, thurs, sat - studio

2. When you get a song to perform what are the steps you take to make sure you know it properly?

When i'm giving a new peice to play i play it at 50% the normals speed a few times just to get my hands and fingers ready for when they have to play it at speed, also it helps muscle memory.

3. If you are stuck on a certain bit of a song, what do you do?

Slow it down even more than ^ usually down to around 25% the normal speed and play at that speed 'til i can hit everynote cleanly then i speed it back up again.

PERFORMING:

1. You are called on to the stage. How do you get up?
(run, walk, smile and wave, scream...)

We request that the venue/auditorium remain dark 'til we give the signal.
  • The drummer starts playing
  • The bass kicks in
  • The rhythm guitarist starts playing
  • Solo starts playing (at this point the lights go on)


2. Now that you're up. Do you great the audience? and if so how?

We basically just ask if they're ready for a night of mayhem, then fire into our heaviest and fastest song called Shades Of Anger (pits proceed to open up)

3. You're halfway through a song and you stuff up, what do you do?

Slight improv moment

4. You're halfway through a song and someone else stuffs up, what do you do?

Weird stage antics to get the attention on me.

5. You're halfway through a song and your lead falls out or your strap falls off and your guitar falls to the ground. What do you do?

I use a wireless kit that is wrapped around the strap of my guitar, which has strap locks so i never have this problem

6. You're halfway through a song and the power goes out. What do you do?
(hahahaha)

When this actually happened i shouted as loud as i could what the **** my solo was just about to start

7. How do you connect with the audience during a performance?

having a wireless kit i like to (if its easy to get to) go out into the audience and start headbanging with them.

8. How do you order the songs you play when you perform?
(start strong and go mellow. etc)

We usually do a 12 song set and we start out heavy then at around song 7 or 8 we throw in a mellow song or two, then end it with more heavy songs.
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#40
COMBATING STRESS:

1. Do you get nervous before performances?
A little usually.

2. Do you have any calming techniques or phases you go through to minimise your stress levels?
I generally just stick with at least one of my other band members and wear my guitar just keeping my fingers warmed up so I won't have problems. And I feel more comfortable with the others around me too.

3. Do you have any techniques to just get you as pumped up as possible?
Just generally listen to heavy energising music a few hours before I go on, play through my favourite songs and try and go through a pep talk wioth the rest of the band members if I get the chance.

4. Have you ever had an experience where you (or someone you were with) did not want to get on stage? If so what did you do to overcome this problem?
Never had the problem but once our other guitarist didn't turn up so I just played all our parts.


PREPARING A PIECE:

1. What is your practice regime?
I just practice it as much as possible until I know I have it as well as I can and make sure my timing and rhythm is correct and if I'm still not sure I set my drum machine to the rhythm and practice until I have it.

2. When you get a song to perform what are the steps you take to make sure you know it properly?
Playing it as often as I can first with the song in the background, then with just a drum machine and then with the others in the band.

3. If you are stuck on a certain bit of a song, what do you do?
Keep practicing and practicing it until I have. I try and adopt a never say can't attitude.

PERFORMING:

1. You are called on to the stage. How do you get up?
(run, walk, smile and wave, scream...)
I just walk up, generally leading the others, and walk confidently and with my head up, never rushing too much.

2. Now that you're up. Do you great the audience? and if so how?
Well that's up to our singer usually but I might nod or wave to faces that I recognise.

3. You're halfway through a song and you stuff up, what do you do?
I'd like to say that I keep going through it which I normally do but once I messed up a part so badly that we had to go back and start it properly again. But I've learned from that and I know that I'd just go through it now if it ever happened to me again.

4. You're halfway through a song and someone else stuffs up, what do you do?
Just continue on as best I can, and do my best to make sure that I don't mess my parts up. And hopefully the others would follow that example and the other person would manage to fit back as soon as they could.

5. You're halfway through a song and your lead falls out or your strap falls off and your guitar falls to the ground. What do you do?
Try and get the others to keep playing while I fix whatever happened or just grab a replacement guitar if needs be. I would try and just keep the show going as much as possible.

6. You're halfway through a song and the power goes out. What do you do?
(hahahaha)
There's not really much anyone could do is there. If it was just the lights or whatever it'd be cool to keep playing in darkness but to be honest I don't think there is anything we could really do. And it would be very difficult to do anacoustic set with our song choices.

7. How do you connect with the audience during a performance?
I generally try and catch eye-contact with people I recognise or know and face them as often as possible.

8. How do you order the songs you play when you perform?
(start strong and go mellow. etc)
Yeah we wouild usually start with one of our best known or most interesting covers to grab the audience immediately, then with their attention captured play an original song that we consider to be strongest or best. Then we would finish the set with our two strngest songs that people would know the best.
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