Musical Peer Review I have found open mics to be a great vehicle to accomplish several goals: trying out new material, meeting other musicians with whom to collaborate, and getting offered paying gigs, to name a few. But probably the biggest benefit has been getting comfortable performing publicly. What people might not realize is that an open mic performance can often be more nerve-inducing than a paid gig. This is because the audience is generally watching more closely, as opposed to when you're booked at a venue, where most in attendance are talking amongst themselves, focusing on their own food, drink, or company. At an open mic, a significant portion of the audience is comprised of the performers themselves. And so, as everyone waits patiently for their own turn, they watch you the performer, sometimes with competitive scrutiny, sometimes in earnest support. The undivided attention can bring out nerves, but it's also a good way to overcome them. The whole process in a sense is one big peer review. A typical open mic consists of a sign-up sheet, where upon arrival, you determine how long it will be until you get to play. It is not a good feeling when you show up and see 50 people signed up already.
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It's about my thoughts on Open Mics. The open mic that is only popular because a couple legendary acts have played there. The venue claims to have kickstarted the careers of several famous acts including Janis Joplin, Norah Jones, and John Mayer and now you will have the opportunity to play in this musical holy ground!
User Name Remember Me? What Up-tempo songs do you choose for open mics? I need some suggestions for good up-tempo songs for open-mic? Something relatively simple, straight forward and recognizable, that gets the audience's attention. Maybe this is just my own perception, but unlike the low-key music I usually select for performance, most of the good up tempo stuff I listen to seems to me to lean heavily on drums and a bass to provide structure and fill out the sound. The songs just seem a bit thin and forced when attempted solo on a 6-string acoustic. Lately, I've been opening with "Margaritaville" which I enjoy playing and fits the criteria, but I'd like to get several alternatives so that I could play my more introspective numbers in the middle while I open and close a set with something more lively. Last edited by Judson; at AM. Find all posts by Judson.