View Full Version : Played my first open mic tonight...

07-07-2010, 06:21 PM
A friend of mine runs an open mic every Wednesday here in town. He convinced me to do a 3-song set. I played Going to California, Thriller, and While My Guitar Gently Weeps. I was really nervous as I had never played anything other than drumset in front of others. Had a couple small mistakes but generally it went really well. Got a huge applause for Thriller.

The bartender approached me after the set and suggested I give their manager a call about setting up a Thursday or Friday show! Really excited...I just need to come up with more songs to fill out a full set.

07-07-2010, 06:26 PM
How cool is that! Keep us posted and good luck.

07-07-2010, 06:29 PM
That's quite a set, congrats on a successful debut!

07-07-2010, 06:35 PM
you should play "the lengths" by The Black Keys. im not sure how comfortable you are with singing though. i translated some guitar tabs and playedit on my uke, its sounds pretty amazing.

07-07-2010, 06:47 PM
Congrats! Sounds like you had a good time. :)

Know your audience. If they went for Thriller over your other songs, that tells you something right there.

07-07-2010, 09:10 PM
That's awesome! Let us know what other songs you pick for your set.

07-08-2010, 01:09 AM
Hey Nuprin!!! That's really nice for you!!! Now you can have the chance to showcase your new MP custom tenor to your audience!! :)

07-08-2010, 01:44 AM
Congrats on the successful open mic gig. Always know the audience doesn't want you to fail, so they will accept an honest performance, mistakes and all, over pompous showboating. Your selected tunes were an excellent choice to showcase your skills and songs on the ukulele.

Keep at it as it gets easier over time and additional performances. I usually try to rehearse the entire planned show a couple times in the week before I play in front of an audience. Record it, and play it back to see where ya need to polish. Bottom line: always have fun! :)

07-08-2010, 03:52 AM
Congrats man! You should be proud!

07-08-2010, 03:56 AM
Excellent! But did the bartender give you a beer?

07-08-2010, 03:58 AM
Very cool!

Ukulele Dude
07-08-2010, 06:20 AM
Congrats Nuprin, that's awesome! I would like to do that myself sometime, but just the thought of it scares the crap out of me. Must feel great to have that first one under your belt.

07-08-2010, 07:52 AM
Awesom! Gotta love open mics. You meet so many players, make so many contacts, and ocasionaly get a gig or two out of it. A solo uke show sure would be nerve wracking. With drums, at least you have somthing to hide behind when the audiance starts thowing stuff. Theres no hiding behind a uke

07-08-2010, 08:31 AM
Very cool. Good for you!

07-08-2010, 10:42 AM
Very cool! Keep us posted on your next gig!

07-08-2010, 12:11 PM
Thanks for the kind words and support everyone! I have about 45 minutes of instrumentals under my belt. I'd need about an hour and a half if I were to double book the gig (I've got some friends who could fill out the other half). So, either I learn more instrumentals or I work in some songs with vocals (which is another nerve-racking experience!). I'll keep you all updated once I book the show.

Coconut Willie
07-09-2010, 02:57 AM
Awesome Nuprin!!! Keep at it!!!

07-09-2010, 03:09 AM
Congratulations! Here's hoping it's the first of very many performances. :)

07-09-2010, 05:00 PM
Congrats brah!!!! It's a door to merely infinite possibilities. As far for suggestions maybe you should do a "Beatles" theme night and maybe get the crowd interact with you. Then you wont have to worry about doing the vocals all the time. Just a thought.:cool: