I still remember the first time I got up on a stage to play piano and sing a song. I was, for lack of a better word, terrified! Perhaps this isn’t the best way to start a post about getting up to play an open mic but there is a silver lining to this story. As scared as I was, I am so happy that I took that first step onto that stage. It was the first of many and the joy and thrill of getting up on a stage perform totally outweighs any stage fright that we may get.
Ever since that first performance I never looked back. My life has been filled with music and playing piano till this very day. There’s something so wonderful about sharing music with others that no other experience quite matches it. The great thing about open mics is that they are very friendly atmospheres and are typically filled with other musicians doing the very same thing.
You will never be “Ready”
Just like so many other things in life, there will never be a “perfect” time to get up on a stage. It’s one of those things that you just have to take a deep breath and do. If you feel that playing piano at home or singing at home is more than enough for you, then that’s completely fine. But, if you feel that urge to share what you’ve been practicing so much, then finding a local open mic and going for it may be just the thing you need to do.
Perhaps you have already stepped onto the stage which is awesome! We would love to hear your story and experience.
Finding open mics?
If you’re looking to play piano or sing at an open mic, heck maybe even recite some poetry but don’t know where to find one, here is a link to a great website that has all that info. openmikes.org
As always, happy playing and let us know what your up to in your piano journey.