It was my second gig. I was playing at a spot in town known for being a place that every band plays when they are just starting. There is always a crowd and no TVs or pool tables to direct the crowd’s attention else where. When it was my band’s turn to play and I started playing the song that I wrote, I forgot the lyrics. The whole second verse was played without a word from me. I couldn’t remember how it began or ended and it was all I could do to play the chords. So what did I do? I mouthed the words of the song and kept pointing to my ear to let the sound guy know I couldn’t hear anything. When the song was over, I took the mic off the stand, unplugged the cable and plugged it back in and said “Can you hear me now? There we go! Sorry about that everybody.” To this day, I’m still ashamed I blamed that on the sound guy.
I haven’t had stage fright like that ever since. Back then, the only advice for combating stage fright was “Picture the crowd naked.” Has that ever even worked for anyone? Well kudos to Disc Makers for addressing the issue in their newest blog: Stage Fright! Overcoming Music Performance Anxiety. Take a look at the tips and tricks they give on how to get rid of it. I’m glad I was able to get over mine. It took a few more gigs to do that.