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In the park

PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2008 9:58 am
by maxx england
We had the "North Solihull Community Fun Day" in the park on Saturday, got to play twice. First with The Moneymakers and then a while later with Oliver's "Alchemy 21".

The Moneymakers went down well enough for people to come up and ask if we'd got any CDs or if we'd got a website, so I think we did pretty much OK.

Then the Alchemy thing, rock type stuff, not bad but not the same response as the first set.

Thing is, this is a surreal experience for me, total strangers coming up and thanking me for my having a good time; weird but very, very pleasant.

Re: In the park

PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2008 12:40 pm
by allanlummox
Too cool.

Re: In the park

PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2008 2:27 pm
by JakeyVimto
jealousjealousjealousjealous.

Oh, what the hell, nice work Maxx. And my envy will probably just spur me onto to actually learn something this week for a change. The main thing is, people like it when someone bothers to do something. Once I realised that, I got a lot less nervous. But it is strange if people ever thank you for playing, isn't it?

I meant to say to you, I flipped one of my guitars to l/h strung to try out the whole alternating bass thumb thing. Any pointers to resources for an eedjit?

j

Re: In the park

PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2008 2:41 pm
by allanlummox
"people like it when someone bothers to do something"

The magic of live performance!

Re: In the park

PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2008 8:32 pm
by JakeyVimto
Ok, I could of phrased that better Lummo. (Sorry Maxx).

That is actually my rationale that I use to calm down before playing in public. My head is full of 'Oh crap, we're not good enough' and then I tell myself 'Well, fuck it, most of the people here wouldn't go on at all'

Note: this doesn't work in front of an audience full of people in better bands than mine.

My badly put point is that audiences generally want you to do well and its a good feeling.

So good going maxx.

Re: In the park

PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 12:52 am
by allanlummox
Dude, but it's true.

Having the nuggets to get up in front of a roomful of people and say "everybody, listen to this" is a HUGE part of going over.

People get a buzz out of hearing live instruments in public settings.

Re: In the park

PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 2:06 pm
by maxx england
Jakey, the bass thumb thing is pretty well self taught, you just hunt around and eventually you do what I did and trip over what works well enough. I do tend to use an awful lot of minor 3rd in whatever key I'm using though.

Getting up in front of a crowd: used to have stage fright, but not any more. I work on the principle that I have a guitar and loud equipment; I am not the one with a problem :mrgreen:

Re: In the park

PostPosted: Sat Jul 19, 2008 10:17 am
by maxx england
Further to that thing about nerves: went to The Tower Of Song on Thursday night and the room was full of players, no punters, just everyone in there can do something, and that's the nearest I get to stage fright, knowing there's 20+ bodies understanding what's going on; not like an ordinary audience who only hear the noise that music makes. Gives you a little edginess, determination to do it right.