blame it on the jem....:( * *lol
The practice certainly helps! *But you also have to practice being on stage and doing it. *This is gonna sound a little 'tony robbins', but: *
•Love the stage, and it will love you back. *
•Love the crowd, and they will love you back.
•Self-confidence isn't something that can be practiced with a metronome.
I've been on stage hundreds of times. *Doesn't matter if it's 4 people in the bar or 200, I still flub solos (or throw out a WEAK one). *But it's the times that you pull one out- phrasing is right, tone is great, timing is on, that girl in the front row winks at you- when all those flubs disappear.
Here's a little anecdote that might make you feel a bit better:
It's an open jam at a local bar that I really like going to. *The people are cool and the host band is awesome. *I sign up on the list right behind this guy named Tommy Burns. *As I warmup and get ready for my turn on stage, I keep thinking about the name: Tommy Burns. *Where have I heard that before? *I'm sure I know him from somewhere...oh well, back to practicing.
They call Tommy up on stage. *He and the band decided on a couple of songs, then the host says, "Ladies and Gentlemen, from Billy Joel's band....Tommy Burns!" *
My practicing stopped as my heart sank to my shoes.
I knew he lived here on Long Island, but I didn't expect him to show up at a litle rinky-dink bar in Oceanside! *Well, Tommy RIPPED thru a few Zep covers and did one Billy Joel tune before exiting the stage to the cheers of the packed bar. *He took a seat at the front of the bar (which is also closest to the front of the stage). *I say to myself, "he's really good!". *
Then it hits me: *I'm up next.
The host calls my name. *I'm shaking like Katherine Hepburn in a helicopter. *How can I follow Billy frickin' Joel's guitarist? I mean, he's only played for MILLIONS of people...with Billy. *Ok- I'll just keep it simple, do my couple of songs, then getthehell off the stage. *Simple Kev-simple. *
Red House. *Simple enough, right?
The keyboard player wants to do it in Am; I say Bm. *For some reason, the drummer piped up and said Em (f-ing drummers). *I thought we had agreed on Bm...so that's where I start. *Oops. *The keyboardist started in Am. *
But then it only gets worse- as I switch keys, so does he. *We do this for the first 20 seconds of the song...COMPLETELY botching the intro. *It was bad.
The whole time- Tommy is in the front frickin' row. *Staring directly at me.
I finally say to myself, "f-it. *It's only one night. *It could be worse- Glen could be in that seat instead of Tommy."LMAO *Without further botching, I get thru the other songs. *The keyboardist (term used loosely) shrugs his shoulders at me as I give him the "thanks for making me look like a tool" facial expression.
As I talk with Tommy and the other guitarists later, he says to me, "It's ok man...those damn keyboard guys."
The little joke meant more to me than it did to him.