Sat Apr 26, 2008 3:50 pm
The number of musicians ranges from 10 to 25, or there-abouts, depending on the open mike . . .
You play 2-3 songs, - or some places have a time limit, instead. The time-limit places are a lot better . . .
. . . nothing more boring than to have to listen to some guy (who can't play very well), - who plays, as his first song "American Pie." Then, for the 2nd song, whatever it may be, - he adds 4 more verses to extend it to 12 minutes . . .
You know the type; he doesn't want to leave: "Look at me!! I'm on stage!! Hi, mom!!"
He tunes and talks and plays (and bores everyone) for 25 minutes.
Then the next guy comes up, a real pro with a mega-ton of experience. And he blows the other guy off the face of the Earth . . .
The pro just jacks in, says 'Hi," plays 2 - 3 songs, and in 9 minutes is done and sitting back in the audience, drinking his beer, or coffee, or whatever . . .
I've met a lot of nice people at open mikes, and a few who are really excellent musicians . . .
So, K. G, what did you learn (good/bad) at that open mike?