help a girl play some music without falling to pieces.
February 9, 2009 5:42 PM Subscribe
i said yes to playing a gig in a week and a half, and now i don't know what to do. the last time i played was two years ago! i'm so nervous just even thinking about it...
posted by sardonicsmile to Grab Bag (17 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
a couple of years ago, i agreed to playing my first gig, also incidentally in february. i didn't enjoy the experience at all, due to a lot of fumbling with sound levels, instruments and messing up cues. after that experience i swore i'd never play solo ever again.
but here i am in 2009, and with pressure from a friend and no time to think it over, i said yes to playing another gig. i am getting nervous just thinking about it, though at least one difference from two years ago is that i have a supportive boyfriend.
the gig is defined as "experimental" and the only things that i will be using are a guitar and amp, delay & distortion pedals, possibly a loop one if we can find it and oh, maybe a toy piano. my main problems are nerves, short concentration span and, oh, did i mention nerves?
any hints for improvisational sets of twenty minutes or more without losing the plot? i usually have problems playing songs longer than three minutes, due to my pop upbringing. maybe hints about feedback and looping, that could possibly be sustained for longer songs? and how did you get over your initial anxiety about playing gigs? i'd love to make this a regular occurance, but if i'm this nervous about doing it, i might go back to my failed attempts at putting a band together.