#1
2 weeks until this talent show, ive played infront of others before but this is the first time Ill be playing infront of an audience id be lying if I said i wasnt nervous

Any tips with dealing with Nervousness, want to be able to have the confidence to play 120% and not like 30% if that makes any sense

anyway Ive been playing for about two years n I feel like I gotta start somewhere


UPDATE:
a couple of days until the talent show Ive actually been relaxed about it, not as nerve recking as i was once i started practicing outside at the park n i went in front of the movie theatre n practiced *no amp or anything but just playing with my guitar

the two songs ive decided to play (still not sure which order lol but w/e)

Halo 2 theme cover - w/improvised solo(so the solo at the tal. show will be different)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nL9f7Pm6BVY

and

Bach - partita in DM (classical)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLFW0qdLWU8&feature=channel
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#2
you are better than 99% of the total world population at guitar. They are lucky to hear any performance of yours, no matter how many mistakes.

have jump spots. if you forget what to play, have a plan to skip to the next comfortable place with minimal hesitation.
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you are better than 99% of the total world population at guitar. They are lucky to hear any performance of yours, no matter how many mistakes.

have jump spots. if you forget what to play, have a plan to skip to the next comfortable place with minimal hesitation.


This really, and if you flub on one little part people won't notice And learn your song inside and out really.

Also what are you playing?
#4
Try having your friends over for a fake performance or something? Give you the sense of a small crowd. I've never performed before, but that is what I would try to do. All I gotta say is nothing prepares you like the real thing.
#5
well was thinking bout playing 1 or 2 songs

Bach partita in DM (altho it has many notes i can play this almost automatic)

Star wars theme/ Dark Vador Theme

Willy wonka - Pure Imagination

Halo - with improvised Solo

BB king - THrill is gone (improvised solo)


gonna pick 1 or 2 of these to play
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#7
An easy way to calm some of your nerves is to be well rehearsed prior to the performance. You will have developed a degree of muscle memory which will make playing your piece almost automatic.

In my experience, I find that convincing yourself that those people watching are there to see you perform (they really are) and reminding yourself that you are confident in what you are playing, be it a cover, improvisation, or original work, can help you relax and play better on stage.

Most of all, make sure to have fun playing! If you relax and have fun on stage, it will be easier to perform.

Congratulations on signing up for the talent show and putting yourself out there!
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#8
It's all a matter of practice in the end dude. If you screw up, meh, at least you got your first time out of the way.
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i give you credit if you decide to go with Bach, i would never dream of doing Bach for my first performance, but if it's good then go for it! kudos for studying Bach too, i think every guitarist should have his sonata book.

but anyway...it's all pretty much been said already. practice, be well prepared. a little tip for when you are actually onstage, DO NOT start unless you are ready. take a deep breath, clear your head, keep the audience waiting, you have complete control over your performance. we use nerves as sort of a drug, we all get them and eventually you become familiar with them.

good luck, and above all make sure you have fun, because if you're too worried about messing up and being shunned by your audience, A. that won't happen, and B. that'll just diminished the amount of enjoyment you will get out of it.
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#11
Awesome thread - always nice to know this. - I'm having a hard time even playing in front of friends, so kudos to you for doing this. Really. Good luck!
#12
Learn to play the song in your head by visualizing the fretboard. Just play a part, then visualize and do it for the whole piece. When you can play the whole piece in your mind well, you really know the piece and the chances of blacking out in the middle of the song will be much smaller. + then you can replay it in your mind all the time and you will notice that when you imagine your fingers playing it the muscles that are involved actually activate and even your muscle memory improves.

Might be tough to learn well in two weeks, but try it! Other than that.. Just repetition and more repetition, and learn to start the piece from anywhere.
#13
Do like athletes do before a competition. They exercise their bodies like hell for a couple of days, then they rest a few days before the competition and then they become relaxed and have a hunger for victory just in time for the competition.

First, practice as much as you can
Second, don't practice that much the same day as the talent show and
just feel bloody confident about you and your guitar playing
Third, step out on the stage and rock!
#14
Honestly I know how this feels. When my band did our first show (it was a talent show) I had to piss like every 5 minutes while waiting. (We were last on the bill)

But man, once you get out there, at least for me, as soon as I hit that first chord all my nervousness went away. I just got into the feel man, it sounds cheesy but it's true.

I always did the same thing for Marching Band as well, now that I think about it.

1- Play through the mistakes. Don't stop if you mess up! Chances are, no one watching will know if you mess up, unless you make it obvious. This was the number one rule in marching band, and it applies to pretty much any performance.

2- When you are on stage; You are the best guitarist on the planet. Keep that in mind.


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2- When you are on stage; You are the best guitarist on the planet. Keep that in mind.


Well if you take this attitude, just remember to forget it when you get off stage.
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I would also try to learn a couple (or all) of your songs, and maybe play for your parents/siblings, or your gf, or your buddies. Try small groups of people, and slowly, (if you can in 2 weeks) work your way up to larger groups of people. Eventually it'll seem like nothing to play for your school, or other groups of people.
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#17
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Well if you take this attitude, just remember to forget it when you get off stage.


Oh god yes I can't believe I forgot that.

Or else you'll end up becoming a pretentious douchebag.


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1- Play through the mistakes. Don't stop if you mess up! Chances are, no one watching will know if you mess up, unless you make it obvious. This was the number one rule in marching band, and it applies to pretty much any performance.


...and whatever you do, don't make a face or yell "Oh, shit!" when you screw up... both of which I've seen several times. True story.
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...and whatever you do, don't make a face or yell "Oh, shit!" when you screw up... both of which I've seen several times. True story.

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...and whatever you do, don't make a face or yell "Oh, shit!" when you screw up... both of which I've seen several times. True story.


I have some pretty big tells when I make mistakes. My girlfriend and other bandmates can pick up on it straight away because I reportedly have a stupid grin and laugh that happens when I make a mistake.

Better than screaming out "oh crap!" though. What's more fun is when you start a song and it's in the wrong key. There's some pretty good ways to cover that up. On one occassion the band realised this way early, and I shifted it up a bit and yelled to the audience "you're right guys! it sounds way better up here!".
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#21
lol thanx for the encouragement guys, n was curious if anyone had any tips for "Preparing for an improv. solo before hand, cuz i kno some days i can improv. better then other days was just curious if listening to the backing rhythm over n over ahead of time will help,
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#22
Hey guys, got back from the Talent show and man am I glad i got through that Ended up playing the rhythm part of "night of the slunk" by Buckethead with an improvised solo

I must say, the Real thing no lie if ur not use to it feels alil intense playing Live I think maybe it was because once I started playing I did begin to tense up and if i think if u tense up while ur playing live along with all this adrenaline ur tryng to tame its kinda like putting weights on ur guitar playing (means i need to practice even more and try to play infront of ppl more)

when it was all said n done they cheered very loud while I was playing for me i went out to the park to relax my mind earlier that day, and i wasnt really afraid when the time came but once I started playing it was like Sooo much adrenaline

with this being my first live performance and playing for only 2 years everything I was playing out of instinct so focuzd on playing was zoned out of I was kinda watching my self play, while I was playing I thought I saw a couple of ppl pull out their cellphones start taking pics oh boi lol but I ignored it
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#23
(2 MONTHS LATER)

thanx everyone for the advice. about a month after the talent show they said that i had been one of the better talents at the show and asked me to play the national anthem infront of the Azalea queen and some other ppl for the azalea festival that weekend i wanna say maybe 100-200 ppl I had to play infront of man... but i read this thread and practiced practiced practiced ,

had alittle fright right before i began playing so many ppl talking at once i thought not looking at them would help lol but it was infact the opposite i looked at them and began to be relaxed played the first note and the rest was on cruise - control just wanna thank u guys again for the tips advice encouragement
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#24
If you mess up, play through it. Don't stop until you're finished with a song. After all, the audience won't know. Unless you're playing a stupidly popular song. At that point, just say it was improv.


DAMMIT! I always miss this stuff. Oh well. Always remember that.
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#25
The only two shows I've played were at talent shows :3

I've noticed that the nervousness goes away once the song starts. It's only hard when you're about three minutes away from your que, and you suddenly forget what a guitar is.

I didn't get to watch the video, but, if you play a mic-ed up acoustic, and you're playing on a basketball court in a gym, don't tap your feet. I didn't notice until I watched a video of it, but you could hear that God-awful tapping through my whole performance.
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