This is the one area as a musician I tend to have a hard time with. I get nervous before any gig I am going to play. I am a perfectionist and as musicians we tend to be that way. I have learned though that if I mess a song up or don’t play it exactly how I had written it the audience does not care!
They are there to have a good time. They are not there to hear you whine about how the sound isn’t that good or that your nervous or you suck.
I have come across a musician who said those things and kind of just walked off stage.
It’s easy to just watch someone else play but it is brave to play out yourself.
Here are some tips I use when I get nervous before a gig:
The audience does not care if you mess up! They probably won’t even notice. Just keep playing and don’t let it bother you.
Pretend that you are at the most comfortable place when you play. Maybe it is your bedroom or a studio or even the bathroom. Imagine you are there when you are playing.
Make sure to properly hydrate and eat. Sometimes our nerves can get the best of us and we forget to do those things.
I hope some of these tips help you on your awesome journey.
Let me know how you overcome nervousness in the comments below.
Getting Gig Ready Series Part 2: Tips
In this part I will be giving you some tips getting ready for your gig!
Make sure you have all your gear!
Make a list out of all the gear that you need. This will help you keep track and not forget anything.
*Here is a sample list that you could take:
Extra gear:list the extra gear you need
Pack back up gear for your gig just to make sure that you are fully prepared for your gig.
*Backup is key!
If you have a guitar or other stringed instrument and you will be traveling a long distance with the instrument in the car or plane make sure to destring.
*Make sure the temperature of any gear and instruments that you are taking is properly maintained.
Make sure that any gear or instruments you have are also in their respected cases as well.
*You do not want any damage to come to your items for any reason!
Getting Gig Ready Part 1: Gear for your Gig!
– Effects Pedals
– Portable screw driver set
– Business Cards
-GHS Fast Fret String Cleaner
-9 Volt Battery
These are just a few things that you should have with you when performing a gig. Obviously depending on your instrument, type of venue, how many people are going to use the gear, etc.
In the comments, let me know what gear you take with you on your gig or anything I may have missed.