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dkcrown
10-14-2011, 04:39 PM
Well I officially knocked off my last New Year's resolution tonight. I came out of the ukulele closet and played my first open mike night. I have been playing for almost three years and hardly play in front of my kids, let alone anyone else.

But I decided that tonight would be the night and stuck to it. There were about 30 people there and after a few scheduled bands played, I was the first to go. I played and sang the Bee Gees "I Started A Joke", a song that I have only been playing since last Saturday, and Tom Rush/Joni Mitchell's "Urge For Going." Everybody loved them. The response was fantastic. The bass player from the band that played before me joined in unexpectedly on both songs on his stand up bass. At first it caught me off guard a little, but as I settled in, it added a new dimension to my songs that I had never experienced before.

For those of you that have experienced what I did tonight, you know how empowering it is. :)

wickedwahine11
10-14-2011, 04:43 PM
Awesome, I'm very proud of you my friend. Well done!

TCK
10-14-2011, 04:48 PM
That rules, and playing with an upright- I have seen a Cello played like an upright with a uke that sent me, I bet your bit was AWESOME. Wishing there was video attached

Hippie Dribble
10-14-2011, 05:00 PM
Congratulations Dana!!! Brilliant stuff mate...funny how it's the thought and anticipation of these things that drains the nerves, but once you get up there it's so much fun. Rapt for you mate. The start of more public playing for you no doubt, and how awesome to have some bass behind you. Empowering, liberating, a real buzz. Looking forward now to a video brother... :)

dkcrown
10-14-2011, 05:14 PM
Congratulations Dana!!! Brilliant stuff mate...funny how it's the thought and anticipation of these things that drains the nerves, but once you get up there it's so much fun. Rapt for you mate. The start of more public playing for you no doubt, and how awesome to have some bass behind you. Empowering, liberating, a real buzz. Looking forward now to a video brother... :)

Your so right Jon. I tried practicing at home for an hour before I went out and it was if I had never plyed before. I was very nervous. But when I got on stage, a feeling of calm came over me that soon turned to confidence. I can't explain why felt like that, but I'm glad I did.

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
10-14-2011, 05:19 PM
Congratulations Dana! I've played in front of 30 people before. Of course that was over a period of a couple of years. Getting over that initial fear either takes cajones or quite a few shots. I'm sure you represented the ukulele well. Now that you are "out" you'll start looking for gigs. Very cool.

Trinimon
10-14-2011, 05:19 PM
Congrats! I don't have a problem talking in front of crowds (used to get crazy butterflies in the past) but that's only because I'm confident and know what I'm talking about BUT I don't think I can do an open mike. Good on you! :D

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
10-14-2011, 05:23 PM
Very cool, Dana! Nothing beats the feeling of sharing music; the audience hears you, and you get energy back from them---you can't get that energy anywhere else. Congratulations and keep it up!

Oh, and one question: Which of your beautiful ukes did you use?

ukunuke
10-14-2011, 05:40 PM
Congrats! What a great New Year's resolution, as well. I'm glad to hear it went well and that it was such a positive for you. You may have given me an idea for my 2012 list!

ricdoug
10-14-2011, 05:43 PM
Congrats, Dana! You powered through it. Performing publicly comes easier each time. Lot's of practice helps, too. Ric

dkcrown
10-14-2011, 05:47 PM
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Oh, and one question: Which of your beautiful ukes did you use?[/QUOTE]

You'll get a chuckle out of this, Ralf. My Flea.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
10-14-2011, 05:57 PM
You'll get a chuckle out of this, Ralf. My Flea.Nice! One less thing to worry about---if you'd dropped your Flea, only the floor would've gotten a dent. Great uke!

vanflynn
10-14-2011, 05:58 PM
Absolutely wonderful. I bet most of them haven't enjoyed the sound of the Uke. Kudos to you.

You got the Uke bug right. Thanks for sharing.

SuzukHammer
10-15-2011, 09:01 PM
Thanks for relating the experience. Its sometimes hard to even play for one person.

Tell us if you keep playing the open mic.

Ronnie Aloha
10-15-2011, 09:05 PM
Bravo my man!

mangorockfish
10-15-2011, 10:48 PM
You go boy!!! We may have created a monster, guys.

Dan Uke
10-16-2011, 06:04 AM
Awesome! Did you have anyone videotape your performance?

Playing in front of strangers should be a requirement to join UU!! J/K but I am slowly building up the courage

jackwhale
10-17-2011, 04:50 AM
Great story. And its almost time for another 'new year's resolution'. After reading your resolution, I think mine will be to play at least one open mike per month...hoping I'll keep it.

I have found it more difficult to play for a small group of friends than standing in front of a larger audience filled with people I don't know as well. In the back of my mind I'm wondering about my friends' reactions but in front of a larger group that seems to go away.

sukie
10-17-2011, 06:50 AM
Good for you. I wish I had your guts. You're inspiring.

drbekken
10-17-2011, 07:45 AM
Wonderful! And now, start preparing for the NEXT gig. Playing for others is the best thing you can do with your clothes on.

GaryC1968
10-17-2011, 10:47 AM
Great job Dana! I check out the local open mic schedule thinking I might get the nerve to actually go and play some time. Like others have already stated, a great new years resolution. Keep at it and post up some videos once you have them!

Sway
10-17-2011, 04:48 PM
Awesome. Big hurdle to cross, man. I'm considering playing a song at a songwriters showcase for the first time later this month. That one will probably be on guitar, but maybe next time on uke.

Thinking of you for inspiration. That's cool.

freackykit
10-18-2011, 02:00 AM
Congratz on taking the plunge and coming out of of the shell!

Quite an inspiration to us 'hermit crabs' here of which I am one.

Thanks for sharing,

Chris