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Dugly's TERRIFIED --first public performance
« on: December 07, 2007, 09:19:20 AM »
I've been pressed into accompanying the school choir on classical guitar for a song in their Christmas concert--it's not a hard piece, but it's terrifying me b/c it will be the first time in the 35 years I've been playing guitar that I will have to perform in front of an audience.

Nochebuena (Christmas Eve)

Esta [D]noche es [G]Noche [D]buena, noche [Bm]de co[Em]mer bu[Bm]nuelos

[G]noche de [D]luna, [A7]noche de es[d]trellas, [G]para los [D]ninos [A7]bue[D]nos.

English translation:

Tonight is Christmas Eve,
A good night to eat buenuelos,
Night with a big moon,
night with bright stars,
night for all children.

It's a nice little tune, not at all difficult, although for some reason that transition from between the D to the Bm, and the one from the Em to the Bm seems to be giving me fits--I guess it's the change from an open chord to a barred chord, but I've got it, just need to GET it in front of an entire auditorium filled with parents, teachers and students.

Fortunately, I have a very gifted 5th grade female soloist with whom I am practicing--she has great timiing and I'm fortunate for that, as the first chord doesn't start until after the word Esta.

It is 5 times through the song, the first is my solo guitar intro, then once with the entire choir, then the soloist's verse, then the entire choir again, then a guitar solo outro.  There are a couple of James Taylor like flourishes on the final D chord, just so the timing is right, but overall, I think it will be a very nice piece.  We've already performed it once for the 5th grade music class, and it went well; well, except for a minor flub on my part, but she sang right through it and I may be the only one who knew it.  It will get better......it will get better.......it will get better......

Wish me luck, folks, not for me, as I retire two days after this performance, but for the kids.  I sure don't want to screw it up for them.

Dugly [8D]

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« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2007, 09:36:01 AM »
Good luck Duggy... Take a big breath... that is going to be fine. And kids will sing over your playing so audience won't notice if you make a little mistake...

Tips: imagine in your head that everybody in front of you is naked !!! lolll hihihih hahaha

Let us know how it's been, and ask an friend for taking pictures !!!
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« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2007, 09:46:55 AM »
Another tips.... Don't play an chord or something on guitar that you don't OWN perfectly in front of public, when you'll be on this part, you might choke up and get it wrong or anticipate that this one is coming and get more anxious and nervous. And probably, in your head you will be unsatisfy to don't play it correctly !

Play something you feel COMFORTABLE and that you have played SOOOooo many times !! That is more easy !
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« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2007, 10:33:48 AM »
I have never had the pleasure of meeting you Dugly, but let me say this after reading all your posts I have absolutley no doubt that you will give the best performance of your life for the kids.Because you have always come across as a caring individual and I believe in your ability to pull it off, so go out there and give it your god given best and blow yourself and those kids away, you can do it there is nothing for you to worry about,mister almost retired now guy.louis...........ps Canada is pulling for you and sending warm enthusiastic vibes your way.

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« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2007, 11:00:04 AM »
Another old man told me once, if you make a mistake just make that mistake the same way everytime and everyone will think you did it on purpose. Just joking. You will be fine, just think of it as being under our tree at Pearl and show em what you got. You can done it. Like Shiner said, break a leg.

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« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2007, 11:13:27 AM »
break a leg.... casser une jambe ??? I must suppose it is an expression, not an affirmation, if so, I would go see is gig !!!
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« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2007, 01:11:26 PM »
Thanks so much for the encouragement, warm vibes, and expressions of faith, guys!

I'm certain I can do this, I've been using barre chords for decades now, it's just that I seldom use the Bm barre chord.  I do use the barred E chord and the barred A chord and the barred Em chord all the time, just not that doggone Am at the 2nd fret.  What I've done is started practicing D to Bm to Em to Bm to D to Bm......well, you get the idea, and by the time we perform it I'll have it as sharp as if I had been doing it for decades [:)] .

As for imagining everyone in that audience nude, well, perhaps that's not such a great idea for somebody my age [:o)]--I might just have a heart attack [:0] !

I'll see if I can get somebody to take a few photos when we do perform the piece.  If our IT department has a way to get a digital video, perhaps I can post it on YouTube.

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« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2007, 01:16:18 PM »
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Originally posted by millenium

break a leg.... casser une jambe ??? I must suppose it is an expression, not an affirmation, if so, I would go see is gig !!!

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Yes, Yan, Break a leg is the phrase we American performers utter to each other right before a public performance--kind of a combination of good luck and ...the show must go on.  

Of course, as clumsy as I am, it is entirely possible I might fall down the steps to the stage and really, truly break one of my legs.  If that happens, I really do hope our IT department manages to get it on video--I'd love to share that with all y'all [:o)] !!

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« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2007, 01:45:47 PM »
You'll do just fine Dugly, we're all behind you!
 

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« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2007, 01:54:48 PM »
All the best Dugly, although a little intimidating I bet you're going to enjoy it. [;)]

When you get there forget the technique and just play with love.
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« Reply #10 on: December 07, 2007, 05:13:30 PM »
Get er Done Dugly, Good luck.
 

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« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2007, 05:51:29 PM »
Dug... just close your eyes...

imagine it... feeeeeelll it...

soft Pearl breezes, gentle sunshine, good friends...

and one kick rear 'piss elm'.  [:D]

the rest will just flow.  [8D]

break a leg, buddy, go out and do your thing!  i've heard you play... you can do it!

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« Reply #12 on: December 08, 2007, 05:02:59 AM »
Dugly...

I owe you a favor buddy.....if you can get it video taped....on Hi-8 video tape...I can convert it to DVD or divx AVI and figure out how to post it on Youtube for you.
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« Reply #13 on: December 08, 2007, 09:19:51 AM »
Dugly; it's good that you're nervous and apprehensive for your FIRST public performance.  It's the fear of the unknown.  After the first few notes, you'll get swept up by the moment and you'll do GREAT.  You did the prep work, now just get out there and have fun.
 

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« Reply #14 on: December 08, 2007, 12:38:33 PM »
Duggster, you're going to do great.  The kids will do great, and you'll be walking on a cloud for at least a week.  Have fun with it.

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