Here are a few tips for anyone heading out to perform for the first time in front of other humans.

Tip 1 – In the words of Scar, Be Prepared!!
Bring everything you are going to need. You don’t have to bring it all in. Just leave it in the car if you don’t need it. But lending people things is a sure way to make new friends. And gives off a far more professional impression (If that’s what you’re going for).

Things I often take to an uncharted Open Mic Night…

Jack Cable
Guitar strap 
Music Stand (I leave it in the car)
iPad (I leave it in the car) 

Sometimes none of this is necessary, I often lend people my guitar when I host an open mic. but It doesn’t hurt to be prepared.

Tip 2 – Be loud! I don’t mean shout your songs, Just don’t let the loud PA soften you voice.. Sing fully if its too loud the sound engineer will turn it down. That’s their job. What isn’t easy is turning up a quiet voice. That’s when you get feedback and that can really throw you if your not used to it.

Tip 3 – Be Confident Easier said than done. I suppose what I mean is be you! There is no one like you and as long as you are confident enough to put yourself out there. People will engage.. positive or negative they will! 

Remember that not everyone will like your music and accept it. Sing for the people that do. And If possible try and play at least one song that you wrote. 

A lot of these tips may not apply, All I hope to achieve with this is to make the process of getting up in front of people as painless as possible. So that you can get maximum enjoyment out of it!

Nervousness will fade with time.
Twitter @JonnyKeeley   

Jonny is a Shropshire Councillor, musician and film maker. I also work as a web designer and graphic design and consult with business regarding their presence online.


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