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Nice one @Barry
For those of you who are maybe hesitant or shy about public performances, or think you are still "too much of a beginner" to take part or give a show on StreetJelly (other online busking sites are available!) - don't worry.
I did my first SJ shows around a year ago, and could only play "bits of tunes that I knew in my head". But, the real beauty of taking part is (a) because we advertise these sets in advance, there will usually be a number of other FM forum, or facebook forum members either giving a show, or just tuned in to listen and chat - and (b) - by taking part and doing a set in a relaxed, friendly and encouraging atmosphere you'll be taking the first steps to playing to real, live, face-to-face audiences. On SJ the sound goes only one way - you play - others listen, but your viewers can text-chat in a side window. It is quite common to see sets scheduled on SJ lasting 30 minutes - there is no requirement that this be the case - make your set list as short or as long as you want, or feel happy about !!!
Of course, many folks only play for their own satisfaction and would never consider live performances - and that's absolutely fine. But if you have the slightest feeling in your head that it is a step you would like to take - I can only encourage you to take that step ! The equipment required is pretty minimal - and at a push - you could get away with the inbuilt web-cam and microphone on your laptop or tablet.
I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh -
Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)
I've been very remiss at any form of practice. Need to get that dark violin off the wall more than once or twice a week. Have done a few early morning sessions when the audience would be at a minimum. (Thanks MadBill for your kind words of encouragement). I need to set down on paper some play lists and stick to a better routine of practice. Even if its only to do scales.
I've been wanting to do chords to back up Katha Elaine on her guitar but get so frustrated I lose momentum...
Any suggestions for "He's a Pirate" sheet music on Violaman.com...