Everyone gets it at least once in their life. Not everyone is born with the gift of charisma or the lack of shame. It goes back to that cliche dream that supposedly everyone has where you’re in class and you’re not wearing pants and everyone is laughing at you. I’ve personally never had that dream, but I won’t judge.
So are there tricks to the trade? Maybe. These may not work for everyone but it helps The White Electric. In fact, we just don’t have stage fright anymore so I guess we’re doing something right.
Do you wear glasses? Take em off.
What’s the scariest thing about being on stage? People looking at you. That sucks. They don’t need to be staring. What can you do? Well if you’re blessed with poor vision like half of The White Electric, just take off your glasses. With glasses you’re gonna see a sea of people staring at you, judging you, thinking “my lord he’s the worst guitarist I’ve ever seen.” Without glasses it’s a sea of blurs. Blurs aren’t scary. Go ahead, take off your glasses now, are you scared? Nope, because blurs arent scary. Point for The White Electric.
Remember that the Audience is in YOUR Territory
People get all worried about how the audience will perceive them and if they’ll put on a good enough show. I get it, it’s all about showmanship and you want to put on the best show possible. But here’s a protip: you can literally do whatever you want on stage and the audience will think it’s part of the show. A very wise old guitar teacher once told me “if you ever mess up during a performance, don’t let it show. The audience will believe it’s part of the song.” DAMN RIGHT! That snare you hit just a little off beat? Totally a part of the song. That solo where your hand slipped and you hit the wrong note? Planned it, all day. This really opens up the door for acting like a maniac on stage. If you go up there with
This really opens up the door for acting like a maniac on stage. If you go up there with no confidence it will show. So get up there and show that you own that stage. If you’re afraid people might think your air kick is super lame then it’s gonna show in that air kick. Air kick with confidence. You could even air kick with fake confidence. If the crowd believes your air kick, they will believe you.
Did any of that make sense? It did to me… MOVING ON!
Have a Drink, or Eat a Banana
Have A drink. One drink. Singular.
Look, I’m not saying go out and get plastered, in fact, The White Electric is not telling you to consume too much alcohol. Just… you know… have a beer. A beer, singular. One beer won’t get you drunk, but it’ll give you a nice fuzzy feeling and it’ll shake those nerves. Stage beers are great too because not only are you nice and fuzzy, but you can maintain your fuzzy all the way to that last solo you forgot how to play. Beware of long island iced teas though. That delicious treat of an alcoholic beverage is more dangerous than if a full grown cougar was your bassist. Cougars can’t play bass… that’s the joke.
Oh and before I forget, you can eat a banana too. It’s not gonna get you fuzzy but the potasium will ease your nerves. Thats not The White Electric saying that, that’s science. Science is smarter than The White Electric.
The Bottom Line
Go out and have fun dude. Why get all worried about something you love to do? It’ll be a bit scary at first but you’ll get used to it and then you’ll really start to enjoy it.
Now go out there and play that polka!