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    So my son and my drum instructor's band had an outdoor gig last night at a really nice local amphitheater. I told him we were going to come and see him play out and he asked if we could get there a little early. We showed up 45 minutes prior to show time and the band was doing last minute sound checks, etc. When he saw us, he called my son up on stage and had him sit behind the kit and play for a bit so he could make sure the mix was good on the mics. At this point there were at least 100-150 people there (they ended up with 750 for the gig). My son was nervous as could be, but he did great! He just laid down some basic tight grooves for a couple of minutes, then our instructor thanked him and we went and watched the show. Between sets our instructor came and found us and said he wanted to keep my son up there longer but he could tell he was nervous in front of the crowd. By the end of the night my son was able to admit that while he was really nervous/scared, he was glad he got to do it.
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    I worked with a guitar player who, before every new gig, would throw up, and he did it for 32 years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rickthedrummer View Post
    I worked with a guitar player who, before every new gig, would throw up, and he did it for 32 years.
    I know a guitarist guy like that in a rival band here in town.
    I was surprised to find out that he would do that because I did some studio work with him back in 2002 or so and he was not like that at all.................good player.
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    That's awesome. Tell him to keep on keeping on!
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    Thanks guys. My son was diagnosed with social anxiety disorder when he was 5. He wouldn't look up from the floor at school, was always nervous in public, awkward with strangers, etc. He has come a long way with the help of counseling, and is now considered "normal" (no school iep, graduated from counseling, etc.). He has a ton of friends and is very social and comfortable in school, but stuff like this still is uncomfortable for him. The fact that he did it is HUGE. I couldn't have been prouder of him last night even if he had stayed up there and played the opening song.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricardo View Post
    I know a guitarist guy like that in a rival band here in town.
    I was surprised to find out that he would do that because I did some studio work with him back in 2002 or so and he was not like that at all.................good player.

    He said that he had this fear that he would screw up so bad that there would be no way to fix it and we would never get another gig.

    Once he hit the stage and we started playing, he was fine. We still talk a couple of times a month, in fact, he's the 1 that started the "Deja Vu--Twilight Zone" thing in my life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldeEnglishD View Post
    The fact that he did it is HUGE. I couldn't have been prouder of him last night even if he had stayed up there and played the opening song.
    Yes -- a big step.
    Only adds to the confidence.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rickthedrummer View Post
    I worked with a guitar player who, before every new gig, would throw up, and he did it for 32 years.
    That happened to me for a few months when I first started playing out. It eventually got better and went away completely. The last time I played out in 2011 at a tribute for a band mate that passed away I got pretty bad anxiety. Never had that happen before. Now I can't play in front of people at all.

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    That's so great. Glad he got up and performed.
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    That's awesome he should be proud

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