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Big Road Blues Discussion Forums 2007-02-12T20:25:45+00:00 2007-02-12T20:25:45+00:00 <![CDATA[Performance Anxiety]]>
nice anecdote: a friend and i were playing a 'taverne' one night, and everyone there was either looking into their plate, into their partners eyes or into their glass, NO reaction for about 60 minutes... then Matthew starts doing the songs with 'new' lyrics, making them up as we go and NOT paying attention to keep them "family acceptable" (actually it was more like an audition for an adult movie, without pictures... :twisted: ), making me almost fall off my chair laughing, while trying to play AND sing harmonies (lots of Eagles tunes...) which is a bit hard if you don't know what's coming... . Nobody really paying attention to us and this being in Belgium, where not everybody's English is that good, after about 3 songs people started looking at us with a look that said "HEY! why are these guys having SO MUCH fun, while we're sitting here being miserable?"

Statistics: Posted by jaybee — Mon Feb 12, 2007 8:25 pm

2007-02-11T16:56:26+00:00 <![CDATA[Performance Anxiety]]>
If I like what a musician is doing onstage I let em know it. I know how much hard work it takes to get onstage and perform and I certainly appreciate the effort when its done right. If the band is not very good I'll still offer up some encouragement that there are fellow musicians in the audience and to keep trying, you'll eventually get there.

Statistics: Posted by stratman_27 — Sun Feb 11, 2007 4:56 pm

2007-02-11T15:58:04+00:00 <![CDATA[Performance Anxiety]]> On the other hand getting a poor reception from the crowd can fill you with rage like you've never felt.

I'm not sure rage is the right analogy, but it certainly gets my ire up when the band is playing their butts off and the people just sit on their hands. I've been known to say sarcastic things over the years such as "Thank you dancers" (when there are none) and "Last time I checked there was no ordinance against dancing in this county."

I've gotten better about it over the years. I finally realized that a lot of people experience what amounts to performance anxiety when it comes to dancing. They won't dance unless they're buzzed and a majority would never be the first ones on the dancefloor. Don't ask me why, they're just self concious I guess.

Dancing or not, no applause is even worse. Then you feel like part of the wallpaper and wonder what folks are thinking at that point. When I'm in the audience instead of behind the mic, I always applaud any musicians effort.....but I guess non performers can't appreciate all of the preparation that goes into a performance.

I rarely experience performance anxiety, but if I or anyone around me does, it helps to be reminded that about 97% of any given audience doesn't even have the nerve to get up on stage, let alone perform, so trust your talent and let 'er rip!


Statistics: Posted by bosco — Sun Feb 11, 2007 3:58 pm

2007-02-11T09:50:02+00:00 <![CDATA[Performance Anxiety]]> Usually, I kind of ease myself in by playing something relatively easy and well practiced first. It all gets easier after that crucial first number is done.

Statistics: Posted by stumblin — Sun Feb 11, 2007 9:50 am

2007-02-11T08:32:29+00:00 <![CDATA[Performance Anxiety]]>

démn, reading this, I just noticed this says a LOT about how easily I can be fooled... :roll: :? :roll:

Statistics: Posted by jaybee — Sun Feb 11, 2007 8:32 am

2007-01-13T23:55:49+00:00 <![CDATA[Performance Anxiety]]> Statistics: Posted by allanlummox — Sat Jan 13, 2007 11:55 pm

2007-01-13T22:49:37+00:00 <![CDATA[Performance Anxiety]]> Statistics: Posted by stratman_27 — Sat Jan 13, 2007 10:49 pm

2007-01-11T18:25:53+00:00 <![CDATA[Performance Anxiety]]> Statistics: Posted by texas blues — Thu Jan 11, 2007 6:25 pm

2007-01-10T21:59:36+00:00 <![CDATA[Performance Anxiety]]> Statistics: Posted by jeffl — Wed Jan 10, 2007 9:59 pm

2007-01-10T21:47:35+00:00 <![CDATA[Performance Anxiety]]> Statistics: Posted by oleman — Wed Jan 10, 2007 9:47 pm