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    Help! what should I play during......

    Theres a party on my dads side where most of his family is gonna be there, I don't know them that much because I live with my mom. But my dad's cousin son is coming back from Afghanistan because he was stationed there as a soldier. So its a welcoming party. My dad won't get off my back "share your talent don't be slefish", so I just said that ill bring my guitar and play. Im probably gonna bring my acoustic guitar. I'll probably play blackbird, Here comes the sun, a classical tune, ill play some blues probably(my speciality), I know tons of songs and grooves but its mostly on the electric guitar which hard rock, metal, heavy blues,funk etc. I have 4 whole days to learn more songs. What acoustic songs should I play that everyone knows and could sing. I also wanted to play a special song for my 2nd cousin coming back from Afghanistan. Your recommendations are aprreciated,thanks.

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    Hey ... don't panic ... these folks are family. They just want to see you happy. Don't forget that. Play those things that you mentioned that you already know. If it's just a couple of songs... they should dig it! I wished that I played for my family more. They had only seen me perform a couple of times. I always thought that I should be great before they should see me play... that was not the case. They just wanted to see me "do my thing". It didn't matter if it was perfect or not. Sooooo... enjoy the experience! I hope this helps..Peter

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    I'd play this song. Sorry, I don't have the tab, but I'm pretty sure you can find it online somewhere.

    Proud to be American

    Music and Lyrics by Lee Greenwood

    If tomorrow all the things were gone Iíd worked for all my life,
    And I had to start again with just my children and my wife.
    Iíd thank my lucky stars to be living here today,
    ĎCause the flag still stands for freedom and they canít take that away.


    And Iím proud to be an American where as least I know Iím free.
    And I wonít forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.
    And Iíd gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today.
    ĎCause there ainít no doubt I love this land God bless the U.S.A.


    From the lakes of Minnesota, to the hills of Tennessee,
    across the plains of Texas, from sea to shining sea,


    From Detroit down to Houston and New York to LA,
    Well, thereís pride in every American heart,
    and itís time to stand and say:


    Iím proud to be an American where at least I know Iím free.
    And I wonít forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.
    And Iíd gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today.
    ĎCause there ainít no doubt I love this land God bless the U.S.A


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    From right here at iBM:

    http://www.ibreathemusic.com/forums/...ead.php?t=6316
    iBreatheMusic Forums - Easy Songs

    There was another thread about strum songs, but I don't recall the title.

    edit: Here's more:

    http://www.ibreathemusic.com/forums/...t=social+songs
    iBreatheMusic Forums - The lost art of acoustic chord strumming!
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    Thanks a lot guys. I kinda hate playing infront of people because all their attention is focused at me and I tend to mess up and get all nervous. I've played infront of people several times where they're all watching me, I never make eye contact and I always mess up. I've actually played at a live concert. The concert I played for was this charity thing and I played with a band, so all the attention wasn't foucsed at me and it was fun. And im kinda scared too cause, I know that my 2nd cousin plays piano and his sisters, so they might have high standards for what music is good. I could play a simple 3 note blues lick and too people who don't play music, they are all impressed. Any advice on calming my nerves???

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    That's easy, 3 or 4 shots of tequilla, a couple of beers, and a blind fold.
    "It ain't what you play man! Its how you play it."
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    turn ur nerves into adrenaline:>..ull be more pumped for the performance;P
    \m/ chunk chunk chunk \m/

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    Play "personal jesus" its easy and everyone likes it. Yeahr

    your own.... personal.... jesus

    (I like the Jonny Cash cover)

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    No need to actually calm nerves. The trick is to take the spotlight off of you exclusively and make EVERYONE a part of the gig. That's why well-known songs like "The lion Sleeps Tonight" are great - you tell everyone you'll play, but they have to help sing. Nothing goes over as well as "Lion" in that environment! Everyone has a blast - especially trying to hit that high note!

    Any song you pick that you can get others to sing (holiday songs are great for that, too) always work well.
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    Well, Im nervous now because we're going to the party. I haven't had time to learn more songs really. I can't talk my dad out of this. I told him that i'll mess up every note and forget a lot off stuff, I could picture it now, everyone looking at me and ill be sweating then ill mess up. I told him that I need to time to learn more songs master everything then ill play, but he says I have too because he wants everyone to see me play. Just great...

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    Im going tomorrow*

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    Sorry, I guess the tequilla suggestion would have been for someone older.

    I would say "Don't worry about it." It's not like your life depends upon whether or not you mess up a few notes. To be honest, I have the same problem with stage fright, everytime I perform. But believe me when I say, once you get started, maybe after the first song, or maybe even half way through the first, you will calm down. I think your biggest problem will be having to stop once you get going. You'll probably start imagining you know certain songs, just because it will feel so good, and so easy. I know you don't believe that now, but assuming you have any talent whatsoever, you will blow them away. Especially if they are family, who have never seen you play.

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    90% of the mistakes you make no one will notice.

    the other 10% if done correctly, as in not caring if they happen by pushing yourself out of your comfort zone so they will most likely happen, will only add to the performance.

    Seriously, nothing beats seeing a guy right on the edge not worrying about being perfect.

    the only thing that makes a mistake noticeable is if you act like one happened.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silent-storm
    90% of the mistakes you make no one will notice.
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    ohh yeahr. thats right. I think its quite funny, if u really mess something up and nobody notices it and even start admiring u.

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    Thanks guys, Im gonna stay up most of the night just practicing.

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