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#1 chasyd

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 07:45 AM

So tonight is my first gig in over 5 years and a couple of hours ago I had a wave of nerves.  I'd completely forgotton about that nervous excitement feeling and I'm quite enjoying it lol.  I remember going from my first ever gig where I was literally sick beforehand to my last gig where it was just another gig.

 

So any interesting/comical gig nerve stories?



#2 sixgunsound

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 07:56 AM

I once drove to a gig desperately trying to remember the words to Come Together and ended up just doing the same verse twice. I haven't played a show since 2006. Maybe I should. 


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Posted 17 February 2017 - 08:46 AM

I used to get nervous when I first started gigging. But not anymore. I do mostly pub gigs so the audience tends to be quite forgiving of fuck ups. Even when playing new stuff that I'm not 100% confident with, I know I'm experienced enough to improvise or "bluff" it. People generally don't notice mistakes anyway, and the ones who do (usually musicians themselves) are usually professional enough not to rub your face in it.



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Posted 17 February 2017 - 05:32 PM

I got shit scared when I played my first band gig in 10 years last year...was playing music that wasn't my thing (thrash) and was worried we'd get laughed at. Went great and was really good fun.
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Posted 17 February 2017 - 06:06 PM

Well it was a strange one tonight!!!  The bits I messed up no one noticed but me  (which is usually the case).  First set was a definate case of finding my bearings again after a five year lay off although the second set I think I could have done with calming down as I got miles too confident and cocky lol.



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Posted 17 February 2017 - 06:40 PM

Bet you felt great once it was over though?
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Posted 17 February 2017 - 07:17 PM

Good to hear it went without mich fuss. Btw I'm assuming u're the guitarist for the band?! Y'all have it easy :P singers really have a much scarier job, speaking from experience.
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Posted 18 February 2017 - 12:28 AM

Good to hear it went without mich fuss. Btw I'm assuming u're the guitarist for the band?! Y'all have it easy :P singers really have a much scarier job, speaking from experience.

When the singer has a voice like yours, Waz, they have absolutely nothing to be scared of. True story.



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Posted 18 February 2017 - 11:13 AM

thnx bud. Ur guitar skills pretty awesome too.
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Posted 18 February 2017 - 04:21 PM

I sang and played guitar in a band. As far as singing goes, once I got past the first song, I was fine. We played mostly originals, therefore every song was in my vocal range..cause well I wrote them. Covers were another story. I got a little ahead of myself with a few covers. We covered "Doesn't Remind Me" by Audioslave, and singing that chorus was a stretch for my vocal abilities. I haven't played a gig in 5 years, as well. 


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Posted 19 February 2017 - 02:31 AM

Sadly I tend to struggle with high notes as well. We do a Pearl Jam version of Rockin' in the Free World, and while I only do main vocals on a couple of songs, I really struggle with that one. People keep saying that the best way to reach the higher notes is with experience. Just keep at it and at it, and eventually it will come. I'm not so sure though.



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Posted 19 February 2017 - 03:50 AM

My favourite two errors of the night were on Getting away with it by Electronic where I just play a simple rhythm behind the main riff, but I play it without a capo (unlike the guy who plays the riff) I started in the wrong key, thought I was correct so maybe out of tune, quick tune check and fine so give the other guitarist an evil eye thinking his capo was on the wrong fret until I noticed the bass player laughing and shaking his head at me!

 

Second was hitting the wrong solo patch for Heard it thriough the grapevine, instead of a nice blues boost I got a rock wah effect I use for King of New York by FLC, strangely enough though it worked quite well.



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Posted 21 February 2017 - 10:26 AM

i was determined to be the singer in my first band because I was the only one who would do it. I don't have problems with high notes, my range is pretty good even after all the years of smoking. I really enjoy the register that Neil Young sings in for After the Goldrush.. preferred for me as well. 


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Posted 02 March 2017 - 08:48 PM

The worst I ever had was playing a new venue and trying to go on stage sober. My girlfriend showed up and was like, "What the fuck is wrong with you?" and made me drink some whiskey. The gig went really well.


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Posted 03 March 2017 - 10:44 AM

lol yeah fuck you for having confidence 



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Posted 03 March 2017 - 10:57 AM

I mean, fortunately, I got my start doing solo stuff which, if you ask me, is the most nerve-wracking way you can do it. When I started playing at bars, I just started getting super drunk beforehand because I was so nervous (and also because that's how Tom Waits did it so why not?) so everything that could go wrong with that happened relatively quickly. Then, when I joined a band, it was customary for all of us to get quite drunk before playing and my guitar player was notorious for dropping acid before jumping on stage. It wasn't uncommon for us to not really remember parts of the shows. I've chilled out on the drinking these days but one or two before playing is more or less a must. I guess what I'm getting at is that I've already fucked up in just about every way that you can on stage so there's not much to worry about anymore. It's easy just to get up there and have fun.


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Posted 17 March 2017 - 05:45 AM

I played with the guys I'm in a band with last night for the first time in 3 or 4 months - off the cuff.  Was in a good mood, wife and baby were happy enough so went out to play loud noise metal music and on the drive realized I hadn't played/listened to/practiced this music once in those 4 months.  Got to the basement we play in and there's a group of people there in an early St Paddy's Day get together - I can't say I was nervous but it was interesting remembering a song as you're playing it.  Very judicious use of volume pedal as well for twiddly bits that I knew weren't quite right. 


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Posted 17 March 2017 - 12:02 PM

Can you guys view this video with this URL?

 

https://drive.google...Z1pTRmNHUEVLNlU

 

This was a house show we did a couple weeks ago. The first song we do is a mashup of Miserlou, a jam that we've taken to attaching to it, and a song I wrote. The way that we weave it together came to me in a dream and my band-mates indulged me and gave it a shot the night before at practice and then we did it like this at the show, so this is really only the second time that we've done it all the way through. I was very pleased with how it worked out. I work with some really talented dudes.


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Posted 17 March 2017 - 12:15 PM

I'll take a look when I'm out of work 


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Posted 17 March 2017 - 12:25 PM

Awesome ambiance, killer tunes as well, really dug the one with the middle eastern scale.



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