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#1
like, i've been waiting to record for like an hour, so my dad can leave for church. i dunno why, but i just can't play loud when someone's in the house like this. it's not that i think i'll sound bad or anything, but i just can't play when they're around. can anyone guess what the cause of this might be, and does anyone else share this problem?
#3
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like, i've been waiting to record for like an hour, so my dad can leave for church. i dunno why, but i just can't play loud when someone's in the house like this. it's not that i think i'll sound bad or anything, but i just can't play when they're around. can anyone guess what the cause of this might be, and does anyone else share this problem?


I get this even though I feel good about my playing and other people in the house do too.

At other times I can go further sometimes if other people are in. It's bizzare!

Well actually this effected me a while ago but it's no problem now really.
#7
All the time mate. It's like I was playing Layla the other day pretty well for my standards, really going for it, then I hear my girlfriend come upstairs and start tidying up outside where I was guitaring. My playing quietens down then I started screwing up chords and lost all rhythmn. I gave up and went on UG instead

Do you get it with headphones as well? I put my headphones on really loud but then I still fear someone will hear me. It sucks.
#8
Noone wants to mess up and look like a dumbass is pretty much what it boils down to. Best way to cure that is to ask someone to watch you on purpose. You'll get used to it. Try doing a gig in front of 100+ people...that can rattle you if you're not ready. It took alot of gigs before I stopped getting nervous. Now I can't wait to play. People are gonna watch you hard...it's just what they do.
#9
i have a problem playing for like 1 or 2 people, i get really nervous for some reason, but when it's a larger group i'm completely fine
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#10
i do it all the time but only in front of my girlfriend
i think your problem might just be distraction and loss of concentration =P
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#11
yes. i play really well by myself, bbut when others ask me to play, i always forget stuff, and i get self conscious
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#12
I just can't play with my door open, that annoys the **** out of me. Playing for 1 or 2 people is annoying too, for more no problem really...
#13
yeh i played for a couple people the other day - i ****ed up a piece that i always play perfectly. not too bad though, they didn't notice that i messed up a little, but i did.

this happens when you are more concerned about how you look than the music that you are making. playing for an audience is an extra dimension that you are just not used to. i think the only way to get over it is to force yourself to play for others more often.
#14
it's really not that i think i'll mess up. i mean i've played small gigs before in front of crowds, and it was never a problem, i just focused on my playing. i think it must have something to do with what Dirge said, that i feel even if the music's good, it still probably interrupts whatever everyone else was doing. i suppose i could just... do it anyway and force myself to get over it.
#15
ya man almost everyone has it. I know that your not really afraid of how you sound but you just start to screw up. The problem i think is that you think to much about it, your too conscious.

Just like everything, if you practice al ot with people around then you'll get more comfortable.
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#16
mmmm

i have no problem playing for 100 plus ppl
playing for one or 2.
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#17
only when they are good at guitar if they suck or dont play then i always can kick major ass
#18
Always. I can't play when someone is watching me.

My friend once stood outside my room (I didn't know he was there, he had only just come around) and was listening to me play. After a few minutes he walked in and said "Dude, why don't you play like that all of the time?".

The answer to that question is just as I've said, I can't play to an audience. I stiffen up, I get too self-conscious and I make an ass-load of mistakes. I concentrate too hard on getting everything right that I forget what it is I'm actually trying to play. Sometimes I go completely blank and forget how to play an entire song.

As I've progressed at guitar I've become a little more comfortable playing in front of people, but, in my mind, I'm much better when I'm playing only to myself.
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#19
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Playing, no
Singing, yes

same exact thing with me, i don't know why but i just never feel like singing if there's people around that aren't my close friends.
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i have a problem playing for like 1 or 2 people, i get really nervous for some reason, but when it's a larger group i'm completely fine

exactly the same here.
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#21
welll when i played in front of people it was a good nervous, the main time i was ever like reaaally nervous about something was playing a song i wrote for my girlfriend...it was the most nervewracking performance ever.
#22
You don't have full confidence in your musicianship and ability

don't worry everyone is like that; unless you just don't care
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#23
I can only sing infront of one person I know. And I hate it when i've been playing/singing upstairs and I come downstairs and my mum says 'Heard you playing your guitar, your getting affa good' and then proceeds to give me a big smile.
#24
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Well, you'd better overcome it, that's all I have to say. If you ever want to play in a band or anything like that.


Well i personally don't have a problem playing in front of people

BUT i do have a problem playing in front of people due to a sort of...lack of material
I just don't know what to play or whatever as standards are high [non musicians just think it should be stunning] and other guitarists i just sort of feel are always critting me in their head, and theres an unconcious thing that i have nothing to play to them
#26
I just don't play loud because then my parents and brother complain.
If I could have that baby cranked all the time, I'd love it.

I don't have a problem when they can't see me, but can hear me. I do have a problem if they're watching.

Like my mom asked me to play Tears in Heaven the other day, and I forgot it all. She already thinks I suck, so no big loss.

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#27
I just can't play when I know someone's listening. Mainly because I'm practicing that hard CFH solo and it sounds crappy atm.
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#28
The only problem with not liking to sing. Is that you're better able to hit right notes when you sing louder, and singing softly and quietly makes you sound like crap. So it's a difficult desicion to make. Sing loudly and hope you don't sound like crap. Or sing softly and sound like crap but hope no one hears you
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#29
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I can only sing infront of one person I know. And I hate it when i've been playing/singing upstairs and I come downstairs and my mum says 'Heard you playing your guitar, your getting affa good' and then proceeds to give me a big smile.

That's exactly how I am. I hate it when my parents talk about me play. I just feels to me like their bragging about me and they make it seem like the world should revolve me and only me.

And singing to. I can't sing at all when people are home. The only person I'm comfortable singing in front of is my music teacher that I've doing stuff with for a while. Whenever I'm home and i want to practice singing or something, i can't have anybody home with me. I hate it cause i really limits me to practicing for only a few hours a week which just isn't enough.
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#30
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That's exactly how I am. I hate it when my parents talk about me play. I just feels to me like their bragging about me and they make it seem like the world should revolve me and only me



At least your parents compliment you guys about guitar playing, my grandparents would do anything to take my guitars away and it kills me every second
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#31
Ah, its annoying. I always close my doors, and my window when I play. My room is very small and...let's just say i hate playing in summer.

I don't like playing loud, because I hate when someone silences me. Usualy my sister. After she yells to quiet down (ffs, im not on 11, its 2 on a ****ty 15W) I just can't play anymore that day.
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#32
i could never practice classical guitar with the door open and i really don't know why. every year, the guitar school would organise a concert in which the people receiving lessons play, which ranges from 7-year-olds to adults. the capacity of the place was about 200 and on stage was: 1 chair, 1 music stand and 1 footstool. its possibly the most daunting thing i've ever done. i suspect that didn't exactly help my practice routine...
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#34
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i do it all the time but only in front of my girlfriend
i think your problem might just be distraction and loss of concentration =P


+1
#35
Yeah, I get nervous and miss notes. But after a bit I forget their even there.
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#36
Im ok unless I am around people who I know are better than me.

With my family its fine because none of them know much about guitar so even me just playing a couple of power chords is regarded as good by them.
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#37
no not really, except when I'm recording song and they walk in.
Also if I playing some really extreme metal song and my aunt walks in. I don't think she likes that kind of music, so I just turn everything down when that happens.
#38
My first gig was infront of 200 people and I wasn't nervous at all.
Today...I couldn't even play a song for a 12 years old boy
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#39
i get nervous around ppl to be honest unless i know they A) play guitar. otherwise, i get embarresed. im getting better tho, i tend to shrug it off with a comment

but i always feel selfconcious after practicing with the amp on, and ppl are downstairs.
#40
I don't play as well when I'm out of the chair in my room. Really weird, I know.
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