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dudeman_andy
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#1
Ok so basically I cant even think about getting up on stage, i want to but the sheer idea of it scares me.


So how did you get over stage fright?
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ok, but how big was ur first gig?
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more gigs. think of a routine for each gig and maybe learn it well.

it always helps to get drunk beforehand, like really smashed like you cant stand up, but just enough for some dutch courage.
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haha my friend had a band called stage frite

uh yea just get on stage. don't think about it. just do it

if you really had a passion for music and wanted to share it with the world getting on stage shouldnt be a problem
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just know what ur gonna be playing perfectly and when you get onstage just forget whats going on and just play
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I thought I would be scared until I did it. After you get on stage you kind of forget you are playing for people. But my first gig was like 40 people, so maybe that doesn't count.
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So how did you get over stage fright?
Enjoy being on the stage and people liking you... Play as if it was a band practice and they'll love it!

Also, do your best but keep in mind that once the show is started, people will NOT notice any of your errors (unless it's really big but a few notes missed here and there isn't a big deal) or even if they notice it, they won't really care as they were coming for the show, not for that single note
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I thought I would be scared until I did it. After you get on stage you kind of forget you are playing for people. But my first gig was like 40 people, so maybe that doesn't count.
About the same thing here... I wanted to puke before the show and as soon as I went on-stage, I forgot about stress and all went good!

~30ish persons 1st show for me...
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You will be scared to death the first time but as soon as the audience claps it's heaven...and if they say you suck you can always come up with a witty comeback
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As long as you're confident you'll play well ( you or your band ) it should be ok. Get on stage, introduce yourselves and tell a bad joke or something, go yee-haa like a cowboy - anything to make yourself a little less nervous, make the gig less formal and to mak yourself look stupid, then you won't be scared of it happening accidentally.
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#13
why are you so worried? like the audience can do any better than you, once you get on stage and start playing all the fear will vanish

my first gig was infront of 300 people at a school talent show
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I just grin and bear it.

Makes sure you eat fruit rather than sweets in the day, I find it just helps keeps your nerves a bit better

Just before you get on stage, and onwhen you first get on stage Jump Around ALOT. Gets your energy out, you'll find that halfway through the first verse your fine.
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I was like this once, but once you play, you find out performing music is one of the best feelings in the world.
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be 100% confident in yourself and what you can do, if you do that you shouldn't have any problems.

atleast in my opinion, musicians have it better than comedians. a little off topic but you get what im trying to say
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I've never even had a gig before nonetheless even been in a band but I would imagine myself practicing in front of 5 or 6 people (a group) before the actual show in order to ready myself more since I do have a bit of stage fright.
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You're right.... Stress didn't help me at all!

High volume music did help me "get in the mood" aswell as the crowd and all, but stress didn't help!
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if you really had a passion for music and wanted to share it with the world getting on stage shouldnt be a problem


That's how I feel.

My problem is that I have NO STAGE FRIGHT WHATSOEVER. That kinda makes me end up looking really cocky. I'm always way to anxious to get on stage. :-p

The way to handle stage fright depends on the style of gig you are playing:

A show specifically for you: If people came knowing that you were coming (like at a rented out venue), then there should be NO WORRIES at all because they are all ready to see your band perform.

A variety show (Such as a talent show): A little harder to play at, because A). There's a possibility of more and/or better bands, B). MANY limitations, and C). Not everyone is there to see you.

If you are confident about your music, then you should just play, and be thrilled that you have the damned lights on you, and if people don't like it, they can pick up a guitar/bass/mic/pair of sticks and attempt to play with a band or just get over it. If you like it, then play it. Don't let other people's opinions hold you back, because that's just a bunch of crap.
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You're right.... Stress didn't help me at all!

High volume music did help me "get in the mood" aswell as the crowd and all, but stress didn't help!

How could stress possibly be a pro factor?
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If you are EXTREMELY nervous about it, I would recommend video recording yourself. This is how I got over it. Even with the camcorder rolling, I felt like I was being watched.
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^^yea, i used to be nervous while recording myself, but i got over it...
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#26
just like any other fear, you gotta just do it and get over it...maybe try getting naked on stage...that would help getting over your fear.....

seriously though, you will get less and less nervous the more you are up on stage...it becomes pretty natural after awhile...especially once you start to get some fans who are cheering for you when you play..
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practice in front of family and freidns... and hope they don't say ur ****
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That's how I feel.

My problem is that I have NO STAGE FRIGHT WHATSOEVER. That kinda makes me end up looking really cocky. I'm always way to anxious to get on stage. :-p

The way to handle stage fright depends on the style of gig you are playing:

A show specifically for you: If people came knowing that you were coming (like at a rented out venue), then there should be NO WORRIES at all because they are all ready to see your band perform.

A variety show (Such as a talent show): A little harder to play at, because A). There's a possibility of more and/or better bands, B). MANY limitations, and C). Not everyone is there to see you.

If you are confident about your music, then you should just play, and be thrilled that you have the damned lights on you, and if people don't like it, they can pick up a guitar/bass/mic/pair of sticks and attempt to play with a band or just get over it. If you like it, then play it. Don't let other people's opinions hold you back, because that's just a bunch of crap.



I'm like you and I agree with what you're saying. Just have some confidence in yourself
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#29
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Ok so basically I cant even think about getting up on stage, i want to but the sheer idea of it scares me.


So how did you get over stage fright?


I didn't do this puposefully to get over stage fright, but it helped.

I began helping a friend of mine back in the day set up sound production, lights, etc. all that stuff. I found walking around on stage moving monitors, cabinets, micing drumsets, before the show helped both my knowlege of sound production and also being on stage with a bunch of faces looking up at me.

Also crashing and burning onstage and the feeling it gives you afterward is a great incentive to never allow it to happen again.

It really helps to have real confidence in your playing and your playing together as a band. If you approach the show as a team -- a single unit, you will find you are stronger and much less susceptible to stage fright.

If you have members that are experiencing stage fright, take the lead and act as if the gig is no big deal, even if you are scared out of your wits. Projecting that calm will more than likely calm down your bandmates and have a soothing effect on you in addition.

But I can't stress enough being prepared and rehearsed for the gig. Have all your equipment and the associated "stuff", flashlight, tape, spare strings, etc. But above all, be prepared with your material.

After you nail that first song, you'll be like, "stage.....what?"
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I used to get terrible stage fright (still do, just not as much). It's just an experience thing really- try playing in front of just a few people, friends family or whoever, and gradually build the numbers up.

Try and jump around a bit before you go on stage, I find expending a bit of energy helps my nerves (stops you from shaking if you get it that bad). Also I find on stage, the more I stand around doing nothing, the more nervous I get- if you're playing a style of music that's energetic, get into it a bit, and if you keep this up long enough, you'll be too tired to be scared anyway.
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#31
vicodin?
or get off the stage and sing in the crowd for a bit, converse with the crowd between songs, just do whatever it takes to have fun and sound good.
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#32
the first time might be a little iffy but after that, I don't get nervous anymore. Just go up with the mindset that you're just playing music for some people and not " oh crap, i'm on a stage. I hope i don't mess up."
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My first gig was infront of 150+ people, 3 mins before i went on i was nervous to ****. about 2 mins in , i ****ing loved it!
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#34
if the lights on stage are bright and you can't see the crowd, it makes it alot easier since you don't get nervous from them watching you
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#35
just keep it out of your mind.

its just like doing a big jump for the first time on a snowboard/skateboard/bike etc. Just dont think about the possibilities of screwing up.

ONLY focus on how kick ass its going to be when its all said and done, and how ****ing rad you are. Once youre sure that you are the ****, youll do fine.

My first gig was in a bar in my town, we went over capacity, so i think there was close to 300 people there. Anyways, i had a couple screw up, but overall, i kicked ass, and just had fun.


Itll be a blast, dont worry about it at all. Just get up there, and kick ass like you would in a normal practice jam.
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#36
I get so scared before I go onstage... shaking and everything. I have to sing and play guitar... and it's not as bad when doing it... and after we've played I'm well more confident for the rest of the night.

Not really much help... try breathing exercises... my drummer made me do them.
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#37
when i first had a gig i thought i would have loads of stage fright i'd never played guitar in front of people before but once i started i was fine, i stood completly still but i enjoyed it but now ive loosened up alot more onstage and i have no problem with it
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I looked at the ground && head-banged... and didn't think about the crowd =]
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#39
Just get up and be really confident, or if you cant do that, then lie to yourself. Convince yourself your King-****.

For me a few minutes into the gig ill get used to all the people infront of me. Unless, you keep your head down, if you do this you wont get use to the crowd plus youll look like a tard. I myself and guilty of this lol.

EDIT: Coffee, loads of sugared up coffee, after that your so hyper you just dont give a ****. The first time I tried this, the only shaking I had was from a coffeine overdose.
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#40
I'm going to be doing my first show this fall. I'm not really nervous about it. I'm just trying to think of an act. I really want to see how the crowd is going to react. It's like Christmas to me. I'm just trying to think of cool things to do. Here's what I've come up with.

Talk to the audience before you start playing. It will get you and the crowd pumped and more comfortable. It will make everything laid back like a party. Also a lot of moving around. Looking at sexy people to get their attention. See if you can get their number after the show. Play songs that get the crowd pumped. Songs that everyone knows and can jump/dance to. Blitzkrieg Bop by the ramones, I Love Rock n' Roll, We Will Rock You, Are You Gonna Be My Girl-Jet. With the guitar hero games out, this is much easier because people will know alot of cool songs. Stuff like that.