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Osprey
04-07-2018, 09:47 AM
Our ukulele group meets every Sat morning. The first Saturday each month we have a couple of Open Mic performances. I have played in a group at these Open Mics but never as a solo act. Today I did it. I played and sang all by myself. I was not perfect by a long way but I got through the song and survived. I had fun. I’ll do it again one day.

DownUpDave, I played my Cedar topped Baritone. I played “Ukulele Blister” by Shane McAlister. It’s a good thing I knew the song well because I really couldn’t see the music because the Microphone was in the way.

I know many of you perform all the time. But this was a first for me/

RafterGirl
04-07-2018, 10:09 AM
Good for you. I have not been that brave yet. Even playing solo for friends can freak me out.

Rllink
04-07-2018, 10:36 AM
Our ukulele group meets every Sat morning. The first Saturday each month we have a couple of Open Mic performances. I have played in a group at these Open Mics but never as a solo act. Today I did it. I played and sang all by myself. I was not perfect by a long way but I got through the song and survived. I had fun. I’ll do it again one day.

DownUpDave, I played my Cedar topped Baritone. I played “Ukulele Blister” by Shane McAlister. It’s a good thing I knew the song well because I really couldn’t see the music because the Microphone was in the way.

I know many of you perform all the time. But this was a first for me/
That is cool. Everyone has a first time.

Ukecaster
04-07-2018, 10:39 AM
Congrats! Keep doing it...it gets easier and more fun! I'm off to my benefit gig tonight 8-12pm

Steedy
04-07-2018, 10:46 AM
Way to go! Playing music in front of people is awesome. And by awesome, I mean a combination of great fun and sheer terror! :cool:

Osprey
04-07-2018, 11:05 AM
Way to go! Playing music in front of people is awesome. And by awesome, I mean a combination of great fun and sheer terror! :cool:

Very true. It was a rush. I was more worried about the singing then the playing. I picked an easy song for my debut. Next time I may go for some chord melody, no singing but more ukulele technique.

DownUpDave
04-07-2018, 11:12 AM
Our ukulele group meets every Sat morning. The first Saturday each month we have a couple of Open Mic performances. I have played in a group at these Open Mics but never as a solo act. Today I did it. I played and sang all by myself. I was not perfect by a long way but I got through the song and survived. I had fun. I’ll do it again one day.

DownUpDave, I played my Cedar topped Baritone. I played “Ukulele Blister” by Shane McAlister. It’s a good thing I knew the song well because I really couldn’t see the music because the Microphone was in the way.

I know many of you perform all the time. But this was a first for me/

Congratulations, I am very proud of you. So great to hear you got through unscathed and will do it again. It is nice that you did it with a baritone. I usually perform with one of my low G tenors but I did two instrumental pieces at our Uke Jam Christmas gathering with a baritone. I will have to use a baritone on stage more often. Congratulations again :cool:

kitsunegarcia
04-07-2018, 12:03 PM
Congrats! Nothing beats the rush of your first performance! I still get adrenalized from performing but i hear it is supposed to get better over time.

Bill Sheehan
04-07-2018, 12:24 PM
Awesome, Osprey! Keep it up! It's fun, in between outings, to ask yourself, "Is there one thing in particular that I can do to improve on my performance next time out?" Then, each new outing presents an opportunity to fine-tune things, be they substantive in nature (actual singing/playing) or perhaps things of a more "logistical" nature (vocal mic placement, for instance). Hoping you'll keep on keepin' on !!

drbekken
04-07-2018, 12:29 PM
Congratulations! Just keep going!

SoloRule
04-07-2018, 04:06 PM
Cliff...congratulations on your first solo performance. Playing in front of people is scary.
Once you got over the first performance, I think it can be quite addictive.
It gives you the motivation to practice hard for the next open mic. You will just get better and better.
Perhaps you can ask someone to record your next performance so that we can enjoy it too!

Osprey
04-08-2018, 03:43 AM
Thanks to everyone for their supportive posts. This ukulele community is always willing to share advice and support. I did enjoy my experience. I’ll do it again soon. I may even post a video of it.

kvehe
04-08-2018, 03:53 AM
That’s great! Congratulations!

UkerDanno
04-08-2018, 04:17 AM
Way to go! Playing music in front of people is awesome. And by awesome, I mean a combination of great fun and sheer terror! :cool:

Exactly! It's kind of an adrenaline rush...:shaka:

Our Uke Club has 3-4 open mic' events a year, going back about 5 years. I was the very first to play at our very first open mic'. I was asked to be first and just thought what the hell, it was all friends from ukulele club, nobody was any better or worse than I was.