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I've been playing guitar for around 6 years now, and I can strum up a decent tune on my own or playing with friends. But I get nervous playing in public; I feel anxious and my mind wanders through a series of stressful thoughts like “I'm crap!”, “They (whoever is listening) won't like it”, “They won't like the song I've chosen”, “My singing sounds bad” etc etc. It's exhausting!
The first time I played guitar for an audience was in my guitar class, and although I was nervous, it went really well. The teacher wanted us to have a good experience playing in front of people, and the best way to conquer the fear was to play in front of a friendly crowd who were all in the same boat as beginner guitarists.
The next time I played in front of an audience was in a comedy club, doing a … Continue reading…
I spent this afternoon playing drums with my new musician friends from kirtan, for two different local groups of disabled people. I have never actually played with this group before, so I'm not sure what to expect. Although I've been playing drum kit for a while and used to play tamborim in a samba band, I've never played the drums I'm playing today before either (a cajón and a dunun), for more than a few minutes. So really all I can do is wing it on stage in front of our captive audience.
The first gig is for a group of adolescents with Down syndrome. Despite my lack of practice, experience or rehearsal, they love it. If there's one thing to be said for people with Down Syndrome, they sure know how to let loose and have a good time. Before long they are … Continue reading…
I've been in a couple of bands before, and playing music with other people is one of the most fun things a human being can do with their clothes on. If you've never played in a band before, it's the best way I know to take your skills to the next level. And most importantly, it's fun!
Now I'm starting my own band based in the Eastern-Suburbs of Sydney, and I'm looking for:
- Bass guitarist
- Keyboard Player
Interested in playing music like:
- Adele: Rolling in the Deep
- Aston Shuffle: No Place like Home
- Birds of Tokyo: Plans
- Dire Straits: Sultans of Swing
- Eskimo Joe: Black Fingernails, Red Wine
- Foster The People: Best Friend, Coming of Age
- Highasakite: Since last Wednesday
- Fun: Some Nights
I'm an intermediate-level drummer and have been playing for about 4 years, so I don't expect you … Continue reading…
Now that 2015 is well and truly upon us, I thought it would be a good time to look back at some of my favourite songs of 2014, and what they meant to me. Not all these songs were released in 2014; some of them date back quite a long way. But they all struck a nerve for me last year. Here's why:
360 – Live It Up
This upbeat number from a fellow aussie rapper who has struggled with depression in the past was a good reminder to me that I've only got the one life, and to make the most of it: