#1
Hey UG!

I was just hoping that some of you sheer rock personalities could offer advice about not being nervous when playing in front of people, as well as tips regarding stage presence.

It's just because I have a music audition in the next few weeks, but after playing at Church today, I sorta realised that even in front of a small group of people that I mostly know, I would hold back and definately wouldn't play as well as I KNOW I can.

Thanks guys & gals!
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#2
Just picture everyone in the audience laughing at you while you're playing... oh yeah, and pretend you're naked while this is happening.
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#3
Don't think about the crowd, don't pretend you are the only one there. Just DON'T THINK about ANYTHING. (Except for what you are playing of course)
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#4
Have the lights shining directly in your face so you can't see the crowd.
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#6
do gigs whilst nodding off on heroin, your playing will suffer horribly, but you will be so strung out you won't care.
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#8
the only real way to get over it is to just play through your fear.eventually you wont have any
#9
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Have the lights shining directly in your face so you can't see the crowd.


Agreed. That and/or make a glass case that you sit in while playing, but it's soundproofed...and it's a one-way window so they can see you but you can't see them. That's my master plan anyway hahahah. Then again I really don't ever plan on playing in front of an audience.
#10
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i wonder how many of the ppl who answered actually haved played in front of ppl?
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#11
Remind yourself that ultimately, you're up there for you. Just filter em out and concentrate on what got you on stage in the first place.
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#15
I had my first show yesterday and it wasn`t bad at all. I was more nervous a week ago when
I was told that we are supposed to play. Just stay cool, dont stand still in the same place,
dont have a sad face expression. I realised then it was as "stressful" as a practice gig.

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#16
I have this problem too...I perform horribly under pressure, even if I know and like everyone there, but put me in an empty room and I sound eargasmic.
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#17
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I had my first show yesterday and it wasn`t bad at all. I was more nervous a week ago when
I was told that we are supposed to play. Just stay cool, dont stand still in the same place,
dont have a sad face expression. I realised then it was as "stressful" as a practice gig.

check my video, im the guy with the yellow les paul

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOp6j1_sn-g&feature=related


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#18
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I had my first show yesterday and it wasn`t bad at all. I was more nervous a week ago when
I was told that we are supposed to play. Just stay cool, dont stand still in the same place,
dont have a sad face expression. I realised then it was as "stressful" as a practice gig.

check my video, im the guy with the yellow les paul

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOp6j1_sn-g&feature=related


Think you linked the wrong video there mate lol
#20
Look just over the heads of the crowd, move around, feel loose in general.
And yes i do have experience with playing front of people. My first time i was nervous, but after the first times over you realize its not that big of a deal. Worst thing that can happen is you can mess up and everyone does sometimes. Also, if you do mess up don't stop or give any sign that you did just keep going and likely no one but you and your bandmates will know the difference. The most important thing is keeping the rhythm of the song steady as a rhythmic mistake will stand out more than a wrong note.
#21
ive played a lot of times for my church as bass and vocals.
the first time you play, you'll get a sort of a stagefright, but after you perform a couple of times, it wears out and you get better overtime.
also, dont stress yourself about mistakes you make while playing.
like Faux said, nobody will know the difference if it is a minor one.
i have made plenty of mistakes myself (note-wise and lyric-wise), but nobody mentioned anything after the performance, so it was all still good.
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#23
as for stage prescence, what i do is nod my head to the rhythm, move around a bit, and clap or say things to pump up the audience.
i found that all of those things work and the crowd will have a better vibe and emotion of you playing and/or singing.
but make sure you dont have a blank face and stand still for the whole performance, or the audience will start to lose its focus on you.

hope it all goes well for you, by the way.
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