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Playing Since: 2007
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I made my 'stage' debut
Monday, September 20, 2010 @8:48:42 AM
After years of being a 'closet picker,' not being to find a jam I can fit into (most are way beyond me, or with guitarists who don't want to play much BG), I finally played my first time in front of an audience.
I was persuaded by our church youth choir director, real hottie that I just happened to be married to, to join them and come up with some kind of arrangement for Gimme Oil in My Lamp. I used the melody from the Parking Lot Pickers book, and wrapped some rolls, pull offs and pinches around it. This is something I would not have thought I could have done even just 3 months ago.
It was fun. I made a lot of mistakes, and I'm sure my timing was bad and my backup (just vamping) had all kinds of holes in it, as I know I missed some notes and at least one chord change.
But I want to do it again. And I think I'll get the chance soon.
Thanks to all who read this blog, which is not done regularly ... I appreciate the support.
on “I made my 'stage' debut”
Wednesday, September 22, 2010 @12:36:21 PM
WTG Mike, you have taken your first step out of the closet, now the second should not be as hard. Keep it up and you will be performing like a pro before you know it.
Thursday, September 23, 2010 @7:12:47 AM
Mike, I confess, I am also a closet picker. You have got a lot of guts to do that. I am contemplating playing in front of a church in the near future. I'll Fly Away and What a Friend We Have in Jesus in open G. Then the finale will be The Old Rugged Cross in A. I kinda "morphed" into the latter while plaing No Mother or Dad. Anyways, way to go man. Regards, Don
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