Well, I did it!! Last night I played my first open mic night and I bloody loved it!!
I went to one that said it was a small group at a local village pub and was beginner friendly. I got there in plenty of time to find that it was actually held in a back room at the pub rather than in the bar. They were a very friendly bunch of people who gave me a very warm welcome and made me feel very relaxed. They asked if I had any preference to when I played and I said that I would like to play maybe second or third after the initial warm up singalong that they do.
When end my turn came I was so nervous but thought "well, I just have to go for it". It was far from my best performance, I didn't sing out like I normally do and my playing was rather ragged but none the less I did it! I got through both songs without crashing and burning or freezing. Yes, I could have done it better (but then I am always going to think that I hope because if I don't it means I am just being conceited), yes I was nervous as hell but..... I BLOODY LOVED IT!!!!
Next time I won't be so nervous, I will make sure I am better rehearsed and will look forward to it. if I am honest it is more of a club than what I know as a true open mic night but it's a good starting point. My game plan now is to do their one at the end of November and then after Christmas I am going to do a proper open mic in the bar of a pub to push me a bit further.
thank you all for your support and encouragement leading up to last night. I can't stop smiling today!