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Title: Dugly's TERRIFIED --first public performance
Post by: YerDugliness 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]

YerDugliness, Esq./Post No Bills
Lifelong Audiophile
Guitar Playin' FOOL
Ready to retire and age disgracefully!!!

The crew:
Washburn WD32SW and WD32S (WD32S soon to receive an under-bridge pickup)
Epiphone AJ-10 (campfire guitar!!)
Yamaha G231-II and G60A Classical guitars
A Hohner classical I left at a vacation home in SW KS.
Epiphone Dot '63 ES335  Repop, Epiphone Les Paul Special (?)
Ibanez RX20
A cheap Circle K banjo I play when feelin' funky
Title: Dugly's TERRIFIED --first public performance
Post by: millenium 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 !!!
Title: Dugly's TERRIFIED --first public performance
Post by: millenium 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 !
Title: Dugly's TERRIFIED --first public performance
Post by: ship of fools 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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Title: Dugly's TERRIFIED --first public performance
Post by: PAPPY 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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Title: Dugly's TERRIFIED --first public performance
Post by: millenium 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 !!!
Title: Dugly's TERRIFIED --first public performance
Post by: YerDugliness 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.

Dugly [8D]

YerDugliness, Esq./Post No Bills
Lifelong Audiophile
Guitar Playin' FOOL
Ready to retire and age disgracefully!!!

The crew:
Washburn WD32SW and WD32S (WD32S soon to receive an under-bridge pickup)
Epiphone AJ-10 (campfire guitar!!)
Yamaha G231-II and G60A Classical guitars
A Hohner classical I left at a vacation home in SW KS.
Epiphone Dot '63 ES335  Repop, Epiphone Les Paul Special (?)
Ibanez RX20
A cheap Circle K banjo I play when feelin' funky
Title: Dugly's TERRIFIED --first public performance
Post by: YerDugliness on December 07, 2007, 01:16:18 PM
quote:
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 !!!

yan
millenium
ANOTHER PROUD MEMBER OF THE MILLENIUM BRIGADE



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)] !!

Dugly [8D]

YerDugliness, Esq./Post No Bills
Lifelong Audiophile
Guitar Playin' FOOL
Ready to retire and age disgracefully!!!

The crew:
Washburn WD32SW and WD32S (WD32S soon to receive an under-bridge pickup)
Epiphone AJ-10 (campfire guitar!!)
Yamaha G231-II and G60A Classical guitars
A Hohner classical I left at a vacation home in SW KS.
Epiphone Dot '63 ES335  Repop, Epiphone Les Paul Special (?)
Ibanez RX20
A cheap Circle K banjo I play when feelin' funky
Title: Dugly's TERRIFIED --first public performance
Post by: Pike on December 07, 2007, 01:45:47 PM
You'll do just fine Dugly, we're all behind you!
Title: Dugly's TERRIFIED --first public performance
Post by: 1 Cal 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.
(I don't know where that came from, it just typed itself. [:I])
Title: Dugly's TERRIFIED --first public performance
Post by: magoo99 on December 07, 2007, 05:13:30 PM
Get er Done Dugly, Good luck.
Title: Dugly's TERRIFIED --first public performance
Post by: Childbride 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!

k

2006 Washburn WD55SW Augusta
2006 Washburn J28S12DL
EA20SDL
JR-1 Yamaha
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Title: Dugly's TERRIFIED --first public performance
Post by: Sarrkazztic 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.
Title: Dugly's TERRIFIED --first public performance
Post by: piebaldpython 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.
Title: Dugly's TERRIFIED --first public performance
Post by: RGG Music 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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Title: Dugly's TERRIFIED --first public performance
Post by: gregjones on December 09, 2007, 12:40:18 AM
quote:
Originally posted by YerDugliness

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.


Well, that would be alright.  Just don't break an arm, hand or finger---then you wouldn't be able to play.[:o)]

Best of luck---you'll do fine.[^]


It don't mean a thing if it ain't got eight strings.
Title: Dugly's TERRIFIED --first public performance
Post by: cllvt on December 09, 2007, 04:16:21 PM
You go Dugly!  We are behind you Bud.  It will be great!
                                                         Chris

Chris

Music is the only language in which you cannot say a mean or sarcastic thing.
(quote by John Erskine)
Title: Dugly's TERRIFIED --first public performance
Post by: vheissu on December 10, 2007, 03:21:12 AM
Go on Dug, I'm sure it'l be fine mate

Ben
Title: Dugly's TERRIFIED --first public performance
Post by: YerDugliness on December 12, 2007, 09:30:49 AM
Well, the rehearsals and the dress rehearsal are over [:D].  It went well, I guess--I say that b/c I know I expect more of myself (I'm still not satisfied with the clarity I'm getting on that Bm chord, but the transitions have smoothed out now), but you guys and gals have been right in many respects--there is an entire 5th grade choir behind me, so my guitar playing is not the loudest thing (thank goodness the mic on the guitar doesn't seem to be working well), and if I forget that I'm going to be playing in front of an auditorium full of people and just enjoy the moment with the kids, the piece flows much better [;)].  

Now it's onward through the fog to the two actual performances for the school and then the PTA meeting/Christmas program tomorrow evening.  I'll let you know how it goes.  

As Greg said, let's hope that if I break anything, it's just that leg we performers are all suppose to break [:o)]!

Dugly [8D]

YerDugliness, Esq./Post No Bills
Lifelong Audiophile
Guitar Playin' FOOL
Ready to retire and age disgracefully!!!

The crew:
Washburn WD32SW and WD32S (WD32S soon to receive an under-bridge pickup)
Epiphone AJ-10 (campfire guitar!!)
Yamaha G231-II and G60A Classical guitars
A Hohner classical I left at a vacation home in SW KS.
Epiphone Dot '63 ES335  Repop, Epiphone Les Paul Special (?)
Ibanez RX20
A cheap Circle K banjo I play when feelin' funky
Title: Dugly's TERRIFIED --first public performance
Post by: millenium on December 12, 2007, 09:40:21 AM
good news duggly, I'm happy to heat that it ain't go so bad. Now you have break the ice, so you'll be less nervous on your next show.
Title: Dugly's TERRIFIED --first public performance
Post by: franzeee on December 12, 2007, 11:55:14 AM
Hey Dugly! Tear it up! And remember, you play guitar becasue you love it; have fun, enjoy it and share your love of the guitar with your audience - you'll be great [:D]

Franz
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Title: Dugly's TERRIFIED --first public performance
Post by: DigitalMan on December 12, 2007, 01:02:49 PM
Good job Dugly! I haven't played for an audience since High School. Was quite a rush though after getting over the butterflies.
Title: Dugly's TERRIFIED --first public performance
Post by: Harmonycat on December 12, 2007, 06:54:49 PM
I am happy to see that you are at one with the idea.[8D]

One of the lesser known definitions of Genius is one who has a natural sense of apprehension.[:)]

A little practice is good for the nerves.
Title: Dugly's TERRIFIED --first public performance
Post by: YerDugliness on December 13, 2007, 07:59:26 PM
Well, it's all over and it went well.  We had an equipment malfunction, the microphone the soloist was to use for her vocal solo didn't work, so we just took the one that was micing the guitar and gave that to her.  Fine with me.........[8)]

All in all, it wasn't so bad, no........it was good [:p]!  At first it was very intimidating, but as time wore on and I realized I had the piece, it was just that age old problem--an artist's worst critic is always himself.  I have to thank you all who encouraged and supported me--it's been a stressful journey, but now that it is behind me I think the next time will be much easier.

Thanks again, folks--from the bottom of my heart!

Dugly [8D]



YerDugliness, Esq./Post No Bills
Lifelong Audiophile
Guitar Playin' FOOL
Ready to retire and age disgracefully!!!

The crew:
Washburn WD32SW and WD32S (WD32S soon to receive an under-bridge pickup)
Epiphone AJ-10 (campfire guitar!!)
Yamaha G231-II and G60A Classical guitars
A Hohner classical I left at a vacation home in SW KS.
Epiphone Dot '63 ES335  Repop, Epiphone Les Paul Special (?)
Ibanez RX20
A cheap Circle K banjo I play when feelin' funky
Title: Dugly's TERRIFIED --first public performance
Post by: magoo99 on December 13, 2007, 08:06:35 PM
Way to go Dugly, Glad to hear it was a succes.
Keep at it now, play for any one that will listen, and if your any thing like me you will always be nervous...LOL
I have been playing on stage now for 18-19 yrs and I still get nervous before every gig,  we play twice a month.
This goes after the first songor two,  so i guess for some the jitters never leave..I have read that a lot of big named artist also get nervous before gigs.
sounds to me like you have the bug and you will be performing again....LOL
Cheers
Magoo.
Title: Dugly's TERRIFIED --first public performance
Post by: strumsalot on December 14, 2007, 10:50:16 PM
Way to go Dugly! Glad it was a success. Don't you just hate those malfunctions. I've run sound for my church for the last two years and sound systems can be tempermental.[:D]

Just got back from our vacation. Didn't make it to Cassot (sort of glad - weather was horrible), but we had a great time. I'll shoot you some pics to your email later...give me time to compress them.
Title: Dugly's TERRIFIED --first public performance
Post by: acoustictom on December 14, 2007, 11:16:52 PM
Congrats on your victory!!!  Glad to hear it went well.
Title: Dugly's TERRIFIED --first public performance
Post by: PAPPY on December 14, 2007, 11:27:36 PM
Congrats Friend! I knew you could do it.

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Please don't squeeze my Sharmon
My Kimmie (http://www.washburn.com/forum/pop_profile.asp?mode=display&id=5856)
Friends Are Cherished
Title: Dugly's TERRIFIED --first public performance
Post by: YerDugliness on December 15, 2007, 11:24:20 AM
quote:
Originally posted by luvmyshiner

Good for you Dugly!  Did you get the video by any chance?



Maybe???  I say maybe b/c there was a gentleman there who was taping it with a digital camcorder, he said he was trying out a new piece of equipment and not familiar with the program that came with it.
 
Here's hoping..........

Dugly [8D]

YerDugliness, Esq./Post No Bills
Lifelong Audiophile
Guitar Playin' FOOL
Ready to retire and age disgracefully!!!

The crew:
Washburn WD32SW and WD32S (WD32S soon to receive an under-bridge pickup)
Epiphone AJ-10 (campfire guitar!!)
Yamaha G231-II and G60A Classical guitars
A Hohner classical I left at a vacation home in SW KS.
Epiphone Dot '63 ES335  Repop, Epiphone Les Paul Special (?)
Ibanez RX20
A cheap Circle K banjo I play when feelin' funky
Title: Dugly's TERRIFIED --first public performance
Post by: RGG Music on December 15, 2007, 12:57:06 PM
Awesome Dugg.
You nailed that B minor!

_________________
It's all wrong but it's all right
Dave
www.RGGmusic.com
Title: Dugly's TERRIFIED --first public performance
Post by: Childbride on December 15, 2007, 01:29:20 PM
Way to go, Dugly!  [8D]

2006 Washburn WD55SW Augusta
2006 Washburn J28S12DL
EA20SDL
JR-1 Yamaha
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