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#1 Sleeping Caterpillar

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Posted August 14 2014 - 08:00 AM

Who here does Open Mic nights? Whether it be with instruments, comedy, what have you
Do you think they are a good way to introduce yourself as a musician?

Any tips you can share through experience?
 

I'm a bit new to the scene, but if there's anything I've learned. It's that you HAVE to HAVE to HAVE to stick around after your performance. This is where the networking begins, you talk to other performers, or just audience members, and you get feedback, possible fan base, and maybe even a friend. What I saw some performers do was pass out business cards to a site of theirs with music. So I started to mimic that

 

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#2 r0llinstoned

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Posted August 14 2014 - 08:26 AM

You can also try posting videos on youtube or something. I know some people have gotten a decent following just by doing that alone. 


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Posted August 14 2014 - 09:10 AM

I do stand up comedy at open mics. I do have business cards to network. Print your website that has music samples onto the cards.Just be consistent with performing and you should gain some exposure.. maybe people you meet will know of other places you can perform.

#4 r0llinstoned

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Posted August 14 2014 - 09:33 AM

Btw cat you should link your site, since it's not another forum site it should be fine

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Posted August 14 2014 - 11:07 AM

My band did some open mic nights after we had got some of our originals to a finished point!  We feel it was worth it, because it lead to us becoming one of the clubs go to bands for opening slots.


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#6 Wizardofodd

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Posted August 14 2014 - 01:38 PM

I fondly remember open-mic nights. Great fun. There are a number of us on the music scene around here who all remember those nights...watching each other play...building our confidence each week...getting better. It's been 20 years or more. We were just a bunch of kids with guitars who were looking for a stage. 



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Posted September 12 2014 - 02:08 PM

Ive played lead for a buddy when he did an open mic a few times. It was ok. I play mainly for my own amusement....dont go outta my way to perform

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Posted September 13 2014 - 04:30 AM

I've done open stage stuff, playing the guitar and singing, as well as dancing (not while playing and singing!! lol). The times I've done it with an instrument, I found it a horrible experience, because I was disappointed with my performance big time. Nerves!

 

Dancing is something else, it was always a big hit and a great source of satisfaction.



#9 Wizardofodd

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Posted September 15 2014 - 08:07 PM

The times I've done it with an instrument, I found it a horrible experience, because I was disappointed with my performance big time. Nerves!

 

 

I think one great thing about open mic nights is that people have a chance to play in front of an audience and learn to confront the nerves. I think we were all nervous back when I used to play open mic nights and I think we knew we were improving but I doubt if any of us really knew how much those nights would eventually help us later because I doubt if any of us even considered where we would be today. We just played as if it was the most significant time we had ever been on a stage. And I think it's kind of funny how different musicians have different opinions about nerves. Some say that you never really get over them and if you do...you must not have the passion anymore. Others seem to not be affected by nerves most of the time. I just think everyone is different. 



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Posted September 28 2014 - 09:52 PM

I've found open mic to be a good time to learn and experiment before you perform for real.







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