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    Nerves are shaken...

    I got a call on Monday to be ready for this friday... I'm a special guest on a bill and i've been asked to play two songs... I've never played in a "BAR" type club... and i'm really nervous... any thoughts?
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    Practice so your fingers are autopilot. Have a drink to relax, but don't get drunk! And just go out there and give 'er. Remember, none of the jerks in the crowd can play guitar like you can

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    Just go have fun and try to remember why you play the guitar in the first place. Good luck!

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    I need prescription glasses to see anything clearly more than five feet in front of me - I take them off and don a pair of sunglasses! I've been doing this for years... I still feel a little "energetic" when I first go up to play, but we have a rock-steady drummer and within a couple bars I'm reeled in and feeling fine - it's just me, the mic stand, the pedal board, and my guitar, and the rest is too indistinct to worry about

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    i know how you feel man, our other guitar player has signed us up for a local battle of the bands and i have never been on stage!!!

    good luck!!!

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    Congrats, you guys. Have fun, make memories, and break a leg!

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    yep, relax and have fun, and dont stare at your shoes!
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    ditto

    That stress is normal and for me always disapear after 2 songs ah ah ah

    I agree with beej get 1 glass (and only one) before going on stage and there you go !
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    Well... i'm only doing two songs...
    I've played in front of a lot of people... so that's not the issue... It's these guys rock.. and i'm by far the worst one out of the crew... we're talking Grammy Nominees, and recording former recording artists... and then... me... and I don't drink!
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    Just say to the crowd, "Just raise your hands in the air, and wave them like you just don't care!"

    Seriously, just have fun and audiotape it for sure! You'll be glad you did in a few years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by peterd79 View Post
    and I don't drink!
    Now might be a good time to start j/k

    Good luck!

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    What was that movie where Will Farrell got up in a bar with an just an electric guitar (no band) and was going to play a song he wrote for his girlfriend?

    Farrell's charachter was so nervous that he had to turn on a casette tape of his playing the guitar and sing to that.

    I would think about this a lot before the gig, and maybe even rent the movie and watch it.

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    AWW C'MON MAN!!!Your gonna do great, playing with great musicians
    makes you step it up and bring your A GAME!!! My band and I are doing
    a private party with Edwin McCain tomorrow evening, I'm not sure if any
    of you guys are familiar with him but he's one of my favorites, I kinda know
    peterd79 feels know that I think of it!!!!!!!
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    i've been practicing over and over... I listen to the songs at work... in my car... and i've become a playing machine... my biggest fear is looking completely stupid in front of guys who've asked me to sit in... the songs are very basic...
    Keep Your Hands to yourself
    The Roadhouse Blues
    but still I don't want to blow it on a solo... and spoil my welcome...
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    You will be fine - just relax!
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