Posted on Aug 19, 2011
What a fine duo show we had yesterday. After a great and fun band gig on sunday, have to admit, it was little bit less inspiring to go to do a show as duo. I wasn’t really worried about anything. But this made me very relaxed and in general performed better (on individual level) than on sunday with the band. With out the band there’s a lot of things missing from my playing. All the interaction and imprivised goodies. But technically etc. I made less stupid mistakes etc.
In addition to the duo show we had two song jam with the guys from Lakewood Experiment. Peter Niemi, Rofl Pilve and Pauli Petas had done a great job mastering Both “Wax on – Wax off” and “Mountain Mover”. We had time to play waxing tune during the soundcheck but no way to Mountain Mover. So we listened it through in my car once and talked about all the spots and how to avoid problems. All went very smooth. Thanks guys!
This reminded me of the book “Effortless Mastery” by Kenny Werner. It’s not a guitar book, yet it’s possibly the best guitar book I’ve read. It’s all about that mental side and stuff. One of the teaching was something like: when you don’t care who’s in the audience or panic how important the gig is, you can relax and perform so much better. Better read the book again, I’ve forgotten most of it. You should check out the book as well!
Yesterday most of the time I actually felt like a effortless master on stage, and when I left the stage the audience had bought it. All starts inside of you. Believing yourself, finding the right state of mind and attitude.
My ritual before a gig has become a stare on a mirror before the show. Even just a moment helps. When I stare to my very own eyes through a mirror for a moment it helps me to connect with myself. And remember what’s it all about. To me doing gig’s is all about playing (like with toys), feelings, fun, emotions, rocking, going crazy, entertaining the audience, making new friends, making a fool out of yourself…
Preparing for a gig is another thing. On sunday that he had actually mastered one tight bass line and go it down. But then he realized he could only do it while sitting. This is a commong problem especially with more technical music. Guitar playing is usually much harder when standing. Or atleast different. And on stage (if you play rock or such) you should have some moves and all the stage action. So, it should be clear that when preparing and practicing for a gig. You should practice not only the parts but also the stage performance.
Practicing the performance and material helps a lot, but once you’re on stage you just have to do the thing… Let go! Let flow! Go crazy!
Will get back to the grrreat band show we had on sunday. Some footage will appear for sure!!!
Oh and my new baby Tubemeister is a such killer amp on stage!
Tubes are running hot: the roaring riffs, exploding solos and screaming harmonics!