Also, please don't play "Hallelujah."
Every little bit helps :)
A lot of good additions! Nice job, guys!
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To the poster whose lyrics blew away -- after playing outside one breezy day, I started keeping binder clips in my gig bag to keep the pages from blowing away. They work great! If you can keep your cool when the wind blows your music away, or a drunk knocks over your mic, I think that will impress people more than anything. The Show Must Go On. - Tom Swiss
Great advice. Thank you. Also, keep your volume at a blending level(dynamics). Keep eye contact and communicate with the others your playing with. This way you'll know when it's your turn to solo, then be sure your loud enough to be heard. It's not about showing up everyone else, that's why it's called a jam.
Great advice. A lot of the gigs I get can be traced back to open mics and the people I've met there. Another tip is go regularly but make sure you go with new material. If promoters see you a few times and think you have enough good stuff to fill a set, you might well get a gig with them. It's worked for me anyway.
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I applaud all the brave biysclicts; the car traffic is challenging.While I don't ride a bike to work, ever, I do take TRAX to work every morning and walk home 3 miles every evening.
Also, don't go over your time slot. People do resent you whether they let you know or not. Messes up the vibe!
- do keep going when you mess up (mistakes are usually quite fleeting and many won;t even notice unless you draw attention to it)
- do be confident but don't cross the line into arrogance
- do enjoy yourself. If you don't enjoy it or find it too stressful then why bother?
- don't expect everyone to like your material/performance
- don't treat it like it's a competition
- don't play the same song as someone else
- don't talk yourself down, especially when people say nice things to you. Tell someone, "I'm not that good" too often and they will start to believe you
- don't take it perosnally if someone gives you a negative comment. Always consider why they say these things before you take it to heart.
Some people do sing a lot of songs in the same key, especially in genres such as bluegrass - if they can change the 'feel' then it isn;t always teh end of the wor;d to play back-to-back tracks in the same key.
Don't post a list of dos & don'ts :-)
just kidding -all good stuff.
at times I will purpously say that I may f ck up on a song when It is one that I just learned.I need to stop saying that I guess. Or the one time that I was playing outside and my lyric sheet blew off of my music stand.
Wow-I have to follow the do not apologize for thinking you're going to suck rule-- I did just that last night and it turned out that they actually liked me :-)
Great advise because open mic is really just for fun -- For me at least
To the person asking where I got my information from, good question! I have been attending open mics for about 13 years so experience was a big factor. Also, my father (www.howardherman.com)is a professional musician of over 40 years and has given me a lot of advice over the years regarding professionalism and even creating set lists.
I hope this article was helpful!
That's true about some of the best performances, but I wrote this article for people looking to further their career. Some big labels might be okay with dealing with an artist's attitude problem, but if you are starting out and trying to find people to work with/for, being a jerk will bite you in the ass (no matter how much talent you have).
Great read. And all true. Thanks!
Some of the best open mike performances I've ever seen were by iconoclastic loners w/ attitude problems.
great advice for anyone who is just starting out, OR who are professionals but are getting their feet wet in the solo acoustic arena, and who might not understand the mechanics of open mikes. Thanks!
Wow! That's good advice. :)
Yep. All good advice!