The second Git Outta Yer Basement! recital by my guitar students Sunday, April 19, was a big success (if I do say so myself). The participants displayed poise, performing savvy and technical skill, despite the fact that most of them have had very little experience playing for a live audience. The crowd was large and appreciative. The sound guy (me) finally got his act together and managed to lessen the turnaround time between each guitarist to no more than 3 or 4 hours (smiley face goes here...).
Finally, Oliver, the lovable canine mascot, greeted everyone outside the venue, spreading joy and good vibes to get things off on the right foot (or the right paw).
Thanks to everyone who helped make Git Outta Yer Basement II happen. It's worth saying yet again that performing is one aspect of guitar playing that can only be learned by doing. I would urge all my students to try performing at a school talent show or an open mike or to just get together and jam with guitar-playing friends.
Look for another Git Outta Yer Basement! recital in about 9 or 10 months.
And by the way, when I said the event wowed the world, I was drop-dead, stone-cold serious. I e-mailed a friend of mine in Ireland about the event. She e-mailed back: "Sounds great -- wow!"