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    That's good to hear Cody! Remember what atomcorr2 said at the top of this thread. YOU'LL be the best drummer on that stage the day of the talent show. There might be better drummers sitting in the audience watching you play but remember one thing, they're just sitting and you're on stage playing...

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    1) Fake it till you make it.

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    Hey Cody-
    The day you take the stage and DON'T feel your stomach twiching ....well...you're dead. It's normal like all the others have stated. My technique is to start playing the first set/song and focus on my band mates. For me it was the bass player.
    As you warm up and calm down, you can then start looking beyond the stage.

    If none of this advise works, perhaps you should consider buying a boat : )
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    Two things: Smile a lot - cause hey, youre havin fun so dont be shy about showing it--and Enjoy the playing ~ enjoy the comradarie with your band mates and the envy of the crowd...cause dont forget- - youre doing something that they cant do but would love to be able to do! And dont forget - Its addictive- - the fun of playing live performances and the cheering crowd and the thrill of it all. Plus, some time in the near future, youre gonna rake in some cash money from the gig...add that to the rest of it and yeah...aint no drug like the one you get from playin Live Performances ...
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    WTG Cody! I'm glad it's already getting better. You'll be fine in no time.
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    Well I played my very first live performance yesterday... and it was awesome. I was terrified right up until we took the stage but then the nerves died down and we rocked it. The rhythm guitarist plugged in to his pedal and amp wrong and he was struggling so i helped him and that just really calmed me down, he was the first two make a mistake on stage! We played to songs, the first one was pretty loaded with mistakes, and the second was pretty awesome, but we got second place and when I watched the video of the performance it sounded like we rocked it. Even our mistakes weren't very noticeable which was surprising because at the time I felt like they were glaring. Overall it was an awesome time and I was high on adrenaline for like an hour after. Cant wait to perform again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by codym444 View Post
    Well I played my very first live performance yesterday... and it was awesome. I was terrified right up until we took the stage but then the nerves died down and we rocked it. The rhythm guitarist plugged in to his pedal and amp wrong and he was struggling so i helped him and that just really calmed me down, he was the first two make a mistake on stage! We played to songs, the first one was pretty loaded with mistakes, and the second was pretty awesome, but we got second place and when I watched the video of the performance it sounded like we rocked it. Even our mistakes weren't very noticeable which was surprising because at the time I felt like they were glaring. Overall it was an awesome time and I was high on adrenaline for like an hour after. Cant wait to perform again.
    And there's the truth of it. You will notice the mistakes & see them as huge, but the crowd won't notice & will just enjoy themselves.
    I'm really glad you enjoyed it, and I'm sure it'll only get even better every time from now on.
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    Hey, cody, I'm not sure what I can add, since our brother drummers gave you a lot of incredibly great advice--and it sounds like you did well on your very first live gig!



    Let me share my "first time before strangers" story. I was playing percussion with my drum teacher's big-bandleader son at a political fundraising dinner and was as nervous as that cat on a hot tin roof. Before I joined the band for the Latin set, he had some fun with the audience and played "The Duck Dance" (also known as "The Chicken Dance" in some areas)--you know, the one where you flap your wings, shake your tail feathers, etc...

    The girl singer for the band (who happens to be the teacher's wife) got up and began leading the dance. I thought, "oh what the heck! If she's gonna do it, I'll do it!" Let me put it this way: As a duck dancer, I'm a great bongo player! But I was laughing so hard at my own dancing, I was thoroughly relaxed by the time I joined the band...and the bongos and congas sounded great.

    I know it won't work for everyone, but here's the pont: If you can laugh at yourself, you'll find yourself smiling all the way through the gig!

    Keep rockin' those drums, man!
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