OPEN MIC ATTEMPT #2
Did my 2nd open mic in three weeks last night. Still no video
Last night the place were pretty crowded with a lots of young people. Was around 50-60 in the local…
Wednesday is also called «little saturday» in Norway… thats when a lot of students go out for drinks.
Anyway. Did i learn something worth sharing from run number 2 that is worth sharing for others?
Yes. Learned a couple of things
This time i was very focused to not stress myself at all, by that i mean i took my time getting ready on stage, the people there was occupied chatting and drinking drinks anyway. Did not do any soundcheck before it all started this time. I just told the sound guy that i needed a really dirty/gritty 90s grunge sound. So when he had dialed it in i took a quick check there and then. Fine tuned the sound two more times before i was happy with tone.
What happened when i did that was that i got almost everyones attention. I guess electric guitar with a dirty distorted sound drawes a lot more attention than a mellow acoustic sound… so there and then i could feel that i got everyones attention… so i just cranked on…
And what happens?? Forgot to put on the scrolling function on my Ipad, thought for a split second about go through the song without it… the second that crossed my mind i went completly blank
So i had to stop in the middle of first verse
I just tried to laugh it away and told a joke about that i have started to get grey hair and dont remember anything anymore…
i had at that point not introduced the song. The plan was to just go with any explanation. And that was a good thing. Because i used this situation to introduce the song and talk a little bit about that it was an old Dylan song from the 60s and that i wanted to do it the pearl jam way. And i made a joke to all the students that they probably did not have a clue about who Dylan or pearl jam were. Did this while i slowly started to play the guitar with just muted strings to get the rythm down…
this situation worked out just fine, and i managed to turn it around to something that actually camed out positive.
Song went fine, i observed a few that actually engaged to the music and moved head with the rythm and enjoyed themself.
After my performance there was two students that said they loved it and they thought it was a very cool performance… that was really really cool to hear, almost wanted to cry
Was it perfect? Nope, far from it. Messed up rythm a few times among other things.
but i think i have learned one very important thing now… there is not end of the world in messing up, not at all… You can always start over and pick things up again, or just crack on… so just take that fright of youre shoulder. There is no shame in failing.
Another guy there said that what i felt like messing up did not really sound that bad in reality, that is another thing to keep in mind…
I also learned that i am not skilled enough to be able to perform without lyrics, im just not there yet. I really gave it a shot last night, did not work out. So i just have to realize that i need lyrics there as back up/ safety.
The weird feeling with singing into a mic was gone this time, did not think about it at all, so that is something that just needs to be tried out before you do it for the first time.
Actually, it felt good with mic, i got this feeling that my voice did not have to fight against the guitar and it felt like i had something
«left in the bank» voicewise… witch was a pretty cool feeling actually.
But man it was fun, a lot more fun this time around…