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reyn
10-27-2009, 09:05 PM
So I opened my big mouth and offered to play uke / sing a song at my friends wedding.

She took me up on the offer!

The wedding was in Bandung Indonesia and it was the first time i'd played or sang in front of such a big audience (over 1400 guests), but luckily a fair percentage of them were getting stuck into the free buffet!

I played Hellogoodbye's - Oh, It Is Love using my workmates soprano mana, don't really remember much of it except for when a MASSIVE fly landed on my head and refused to move. Even after I tried to brush it off it only moved to the top of my head.

Anyway my thoughts on playing

- played too fast due to nervousness
- forgot or repeated some lyrics again due to nervousness
- next time i should be more relxed and try enjoy the moment more

Here's some photos

Just before I got up, don't let the casual smile fool you, my girlfriend was holding my arms to stop them from shaking! :

http://dl.getdropbox.com/u/55744/9025_179398121321_552616321_3705509_2117290_n.jpg

In full flight, just before the fly hit:

http://dl.getdropbox.com/u/55744/7816_173651162188_522767188_3749289_1737856_n.jpg

I'll try get the video from my brother up soon.

UkuLeLesReggAe
10-27-2009, 10:54 PM
thats awesome. I would be stoaked

uk_e_punk
10-27-2009, 11:03 PM
Lookin cool mate! Well done:D

mokai
10-27-2009, 11:08 PM
that's very nice of you to do... congrats on the experience!

on a side note, I'd hate to cook a buffet for 1400 people ;)

buddhuu
10-27-2009, 11:27 PM
Congratulations and well done! :D

Takes nerve to do a solo spot. I have total respect for people who get up and do it. I'm a coward - I always hide in a band!

Playscool39
10-28-2009, 10:30 AM
Wow man, 1400 people is a lot!Thumbs up from me!!!

existence
10-28-2009, 11:55 AM
Your fly reminded me of my first time playing in front of people. It was an outdoor festival, and halfway into the second song a huge yallow jacket starting menacing me--buzzing around my head, landing on the guitar's headstock, etc. My irrational fear of stinging insects combined with the anxiety of my first gig made for a lovely fear cocktail.

The good news: I figure if I could make it through that, I could make it through anything.

Congratulations on playing at your friend's wedding...that's a nice thing to do! Nice photos too.

Captain_Lovehandles
10-28-2009, 11:57 AM
Way to go! Ukerepublic and I played a wedding last weekend. It's a great honor.

GrumpyCoyote
10-28-2009, 12:03 PM
Awesome - playing too fast and repeating lyrics are pretty common. I still do both on about 50% of my numbers - for much smaller crowds.

Toughing out the fly incident is harder than it seems - respect for that too.

Great job man.

ukuleG
10-28-2009, 12:04 PM
i suck at remembering all the lyrics to songs.

reyn
10-28-2009, 07:57 PM
Haha, thanks for the support guys!

Yeah there was soooo much food it was hectic.

Here's the video :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h865nBfOgMw

unfortunately my brother panned away just as the giant fly of death hit my bald head.

clayton56
10-28-2009, 11:56 PM
congratulations, it gets easier...

it's hard to sing when you can only inhale


- next time i should be more relxed and try enjoy the moment more

yes, but the best advice was from a pro opera singer who said, "don't try not to be nervous - just use it", meaning, channel that energy into your performance. A good performance needs energy even if you're just sitting still. The key is to be focused and if you're too relaxed you lose the focus.

built
10-29-2009, 12:13 AM
nice batik!

reyn
10-29-2009, 01:27 AM
interesting point clayton, so instead of focusing and stressing on being nervous try to use that energy.

thanks built, but it was almost 3 sizes too big!

E-Lo Roberts
10-29-2009, 02:58 AM
Reyn's original photo before he Photoshopped it...

Congrats on the gig dude...e.lo..

RyanMFT
10-29-2009, 05:36 AM
You did great, that was a tough crowd. I want to have my own roadies like you did! Nice job. I saw the band guys behind you watching and listening, that is a major compliment in my eyes.

existence
10-29-2009, 07:37 AM
congratulations, it gets easier...

it's hard to sing when you can only inhale



yes, but the best advice was from a pro opera singer who said, "don't try not to be nervous - just use it", meaning, channel that energy into your performance. A good performance needs energy even if you're just sitting still. The key is to be focused and if you're too relaxed you lose the focus.

That's very interesting, and I agree. Trying not to be nervous is a bit of a paradox, since calmness is by definition something you don't "try" to do. I'm still a rookie at playing in front of people and I am going to remember this next time.

One thing that gets me is how you can play a tune perfectly when you're alone, then mess up when you're in front of people....I'd always wonder, "why oh why?" I think it's because when you're alone, you're not self conscious and you're not afraid of messing up....so you don't. When you're afraid of messing up, you're increasing your chance of overthinking it and, in turn, messing up.

But I guess the short answer is that the only way to get better at playing for audiences is by playing for audiences...