Well done Serhat and kudos for getting out there! what a shame the sound quality isn’t better. Looks like you’ve got a good audience watching anyway and handy to have the backing singers. They know the song singing along all good.
Did you enjoy it? what did you learn from doing it?
Thanks, @Rossco01! I enjoyed it a lot indeed. Indeed, I was very lucky to have amazing backing singers, I hope I can sing like them in 15 years
What did I learn? Really good question. I briefly mentioned some of these in another thread but:
“You may not be the best musician in the room but you can be the best prepared” - I’d heard this but I did not really live by it. I went to rehearsals under-prepared and had a bit of difficulty coping. Looking back, I would’ve tried to make more practice time and learning songs better, earlier. I did catch up later on, but would’ve been better if I spent enough practice time at home from the very first rehearsal. For this particular gig’s rehearsals, the best musicians were also the best prepared, I guess they became good for a reason.
Not new learning but I keep painfully discovering this over and over again: Timing + Clarity > Complexity. The one thing that makes the most difference in terms of sounding good is your timing. It is much more important than your guitar tone, the complexity of the thing you are playing, or even playing the correct note. Play one A note in perfect time and it’ll sound great. Play a well-placed Amin7b13 arpeggio with sloppy timing and it’ll sound bad. Good timing is very hard to practice and improve but it makes the most difference.
Be humble. Be polite. Be disciplined. Be on time. Be open. Be responsive. Be reliable.
Congratulations, Serhat - that’s fantastic !
I feel so happy for you, that you got and actually took the chance to perform live.
Must have been a great experience. And as the audience was singing along, I’m certain, they enjoyed your performance .
Keep on rockin’ !
Stepping up that stage and perform takes some guts! You can be proud of yourself and I’m also happy for you to enjoy this playing-live situation. It must have been an amazing feeling.
I hope, you may find a recording of the whole performance, else I’m looking forward to your next gig already! You did great and it seemed like a perfect setting to making some live music with other musicians around.
Thank you @Lisa_S! I was super lucky to be in this group with some musicians far ahead in their journey than me. Playing with musicians much better than me is always a humbling experience and I love to be in that situation.
Great job Serhat and hats off for going out and showing off your musical skills! I think it sounded great, bit shy on a vocal side but overall really good, loved the solo and backing singers! Out of curiosity what kind of event was it? Just a regular open mic or was it something more like a music club?
I’m attending various music classes at a local music college. The drum class instructor wanted his students to play a gig at the end of the term and recruited students (including me) from other classes and organised the gig. We chose songs, rehearsed a few times and played on the night.
Thanks, Jeff! Should be written somewhere in my bio, my main goal is to be playing gigs and I started practising the guitar after playing live (I was 5 weeks into it). I do not think I’m good enough to be playing gigs yet but from many things I’ve been learning recently, I figured the way to get good at playing live would be playing live so here I am
Glad you found my ‘learnings’ useful. Here are a couple more that are not as important as the ones above:
For a beginner like me, a medium-quality multi-FX pedal works better than high-quality individual pedals. I obtained some really good pedals and built a pedalboard but I always had problems with having my guitar heard because I did not know how to efficiently use them. I recently got a multi-fx (Line 6 Pod Go) and spent a small time (~2 hrs) at home to figure out a passable tone. The advantage this gives me is I get the exact same tone I have at home when I go to the studio. No need to try and adapt different studio amps that I do not really know how. I’d never got a compliment on my guitar tone with those good pedals but I started getting them with this multi-fx pedal so I’d recommend it to beginners.
It is very, very tempting to play non-stop and show your talent, especially when doing your first few gigs. But if you want to get yourself noticed, and create a more enjoyable experience for the audience, that’s not the best way. A good band would have figured out some dynamics in advance to grab the listener’s ear but as a beginner, you will be in situations where you do not have control over what others do, and no one will bother discussing band dynamics or won’t be experienced enough to do that (this includes me), or there will simply be too many musicians around to get aligned on a slightly more advanced concept. Therefore, you can only do something about your role in terms of band dynamics. And the easiest way to do that is to simply not play sometimes. For e.g. on a typical verse1-verse2-chorus-verse3-verse4-chorus song, try not playing at all during verse 1 and verse 3 and see if the bass player and the other guitar player (if there is one) hold on their own. If so, do that and when you start playing in verses 2 and 4, everyone will know you are on now and you will have created a nice dynamic structure to an otherwise amateur performance.