NYC GUITAR GROUP OPEN MIC

  • July 9, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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  • Joe G.

    It was my first time. I had difficulty finding the place but it was very enjoyable meeting so many cool musicians. I can't wait for the next session.

    2 · July 12, 2013

    • Charlie A.

      It was a real delight to hear you sing and play. See you next month.

      July 13, 2013

    • Joe G.

      Charlie, You bet I will be there! I have my direction well straightened out.

      1 · July 13, 2013

  • billie b.

    I had A great time and I'll bring my guitar the next time. I don't know what i'm going to play yet but i will play somthing.

    July 12, 2013

  • nancy

    What a great night - I'm both humbled and inspired by the amazing talent in this group, as always. Welcome to all the newbies - hope you all become regulars!

    3 · July 10, 2013

    • Joe G.

      Hi Nancy, It was so nice meeting you, you have such a wonderful spirit. Joe Country.

      1 · July 12, 2013

  • Daniel B.

    Sorry I didn't make it on Tuesday because I'm doing a Summer of Solidarity tour meeting at 60 Wall St. I'm also performing with my new band AntiCorp on Saturday at Floyd Bennett Field for a Sandy Benefit Concert.

    July 11, 2013

  • billie b.

    I was there I just didn't play but I was there unto the end when Country did his first song.

    July 11, 2013

  • Charlie A.

    I want to thank everyone for coming and sharing your extraordinary musical talents. Great to finally Hau Le sing. And all the fresh faces were amazing. It was one of the best meet ups we've ever had. See you next month.

    July 10, 2013

  • emily f.

    The Midwest group is having a meetup tonight too!!! If someone has Facetime on their iPhone, message me! We'll say hello when you have a break at the open mic. Have a great time everyone! (also, someone please announce the Sunday picnics! thank you!!!)

    1 · July 9, 2013

    • Jay V

      I didn't see this until too late and my phone's reception in the dungeon is nonexistent anyway. If there was wifi we could try it, though.

      July 10, 2013

    • bwaySteve B.

      It was so comfortable down there wasn't it ? You had no idea how humid it was outside.

      July 10, 2013

  • bwaySteve B.

    We had a really special Open Mic tonight,the biggest crowd in quite a while.Old timers, returnees and plenty of first timers, EVERYONE represented their genre with style.I had a blast !

    3 · July 10, 2013

  • Jay V

    Ye olde Goode tymes.

    1 · July 9, 2013

  • Larry B.

    I really enjoyed it - it was my first time and I look forward to future events

    July 9, 2013

  • billie b.

    Help me anyone which train do I get to the lounge,is there an A or 2 or 3 train and where do I get off, help.

    July 9, 2013

    • Jacqueline C.

      F train to 2nd Avenue

      July 9, 2013

    • Jacqueline C.

      You can take A train to W 4th street and from there take F train to 2nd Ave. 4 minute walk from there.

      July 9, 2013

  • John P.

    hey charlie, bway Steve et al...have fun tonight. i might have a gig this weekend (but most likely next weekend) and need to learn about 7-8 songs. have a rehearsal tomorrow so need to have at least 1/2 of them learned so wont be able to make it tonight. I will be at the next one in August with hopefully some new S&F songs, so have fun and stay cool!

    July 9, 2013

    • Charlie A.

      JP - we're always cool. ;)

      July 9, 2013

    • bwaySteve B.

      I'm glad that gig is working out. Rock & Roll !

      July 9, 2013

  • eddie t.

    I guess I will try this magic moment. Not sure if I can do it totally without looking at the sheet music but I will try. the chords are fairly simple. anyone wants to help play along with me just email me and we can practice a bit tuesday before the meetup. I can bring the sheet music. The AC inflammes my lungs because of the wood dust I inhaled last year and interferes with my singing voice, so I might need help if I run into trouble too.

    July 8, 2013

    • Jay V

      I should also say: Seriously if the venue makes you sick, there are other groups around. For instance, I highly recommend the Meetups run by the New York City Guitar School, especially for beginners.

      July 9, 2013

    • Charlie A.

      I agree with Jay. There's no reason to even remotely put your health in danger. Here's link to that other group Jay was talking about. It might be a better choice for you: http://www.meetup.com...­

      July 9, 2013

  • Larry B.

    Will there be pick-ups for an acoustical guitar? I don't know what boxes are.
    Thanks

    July 9, 2013

    • Charlie A.

      Your acoustic can be miked. If it's an acoustic electric you can jack right into the board.

      July 9, 2013

  • John P.

    wont be able to make it. i have a potential gig this weekend or next and need to learn 7-8 songs before then

    July 9, 2013

    • Charlie A.

      Bummer, my friend. Break a leg. Not a string. See you next month.

      July 9, 2013

  • G D.

    An unforseen circumstance has cancelled my availability for tonight's event...but looking fwd to next time.

    July 9, 2013

  • billie b.

    Which train do I get to Ella Lounge and where do I get off?

    July 9, 2013

  • bwaySteve B.

    Till you do it, it's easy to take for granted just how challenging the process of learning a new song is ,even for an experienced performer.There are many similarities to figure skating performance .Many muscular and mental processes play out over a strict timeline.There is a vision of perfection that is rarely achieved but once you begin there is a " dance" to combine all the elements as best you can but there are ALWAYS imperfections, missteps , momentary forgetfulness some just milliseconds in length which SEEM gigantic but with respect to the timeline are not that significant.Performing in front of people brings this experience into your awareness as compared to performing the song to your cat.The cat is VERY forgiving.So are WE.

    1 · July 8, 2013

    • Jay V

      Finally working out your ice dancing program set to Deacon Blues? :P

      July 9, 2013

    • bwaySteve B.

      I have people say to me, " It's just a friggin' song " Well, I invite people to check out the Open Mic all the time.Some of these people know a hundred songs but they've NEVER played one for somebody.THAT is performing.Facing people , singing to them is a VERY humbling act,also empowering.You experience this first hand at an Open Mic.

      1 · July 9, 2013

  • G D.

    Hectic week and no time to practice originals. I still plan to attend, however and might do a cover if clean electric through the PA is allowed. If not I always enjoy watching other axe-slingers.

    July 8, 2013

    • Charlie A.

      Clean electric should not be a problem.

      July 8, 2013

    • Jay V

      The amp---I believe it's a Fender Frontman 2x12---there sounds fine clean. The dirty is... eh... it's passable.

      July 8, 2013

  • bwaySteve B.

    Every Troubadour is a juggler of words ,chords and strums.It's a little like juggling a stick, a bowling ball and a chain saw.Less potential for physical injury ,more potential for emotional upset.Audiences seem to like the combination. I don't think the Ella is big on gas power tools in their basement.

    1 · July 8, 2013

  • Jacqueline C.

    I'm a beginner guitarist but am comfortable enough to play a couple of songs. I'm no singer but if someone is interested in singing or strumming along with me I can play Green Days Boulevard of Broken Dreams and Uhiah Heeps Lady in Black :)

    July 7, 2013

  • bwaySteve B.

    I think an advantage of that place being so far underground is that the temperature remains relatively constant throughout the year.

    1 · July 7, 2013

  • eddie t.

    I'm not really a guitarist and focus more on getting comfortabsle using my voice. If someone would like to play as I sing it would be a big load off my shoulders. Or sing and play together. Just send me an email.

    July 7, 2013

    • eddie t.

      I know pretty much I saw her standing there, leaving on a jet plane.and this magic moment. But then having the lyrics memorized so so. Guitar chords I usually have to look at sheet music. I know a lot of classic rock, but playing them is a challenge, though not imposible for me. I'd like to try this magic Moment while singing and guitar with another guitarist. One of us can strum while the othere finger picks. I can't do solos. Of course I'm open to.other songs and both playing and singing too.

      July 7, 2013

    • emily f.

      Someone message Rich. He for sure knows those songs, and is some sort of genius for remembering chords.

      July 7, 2013

  • Mark W.

    hello I am an international student from Shanghai, China. It's my first time to open mic, see you on Tuesday!

    1 · July 7, 2013

    • Charlie A.

      Hi Mark. Welcome to the group. It's an extraordinary bunch of people going far beyond what they play.

      1 · July 7, 2013

  • Marc

    Warm up for Tuesday !

    There's going to be an open mic this Friday 7 PM at West Park Center, 165 West 86th, Manhattan. Piano, Sunn guitar amp, and a great sound system. Some really fine talent has been there previously. Worth a visit just to listen - or sign up to do some tunes. $5.00 cover, beer, cider, and soft drinks available at low prices.

    1 · July 4, 2013

    • Daniel B.

      The Captain America guitar will be there!

      1 · July 4, 2013

    • Arthur S.

      Good to know. Thnx Marc!

      July 5, 2013

  • billie b.

    when we all get togather do we play as one big group at any time.

    July 4, 2013

    • Charlie A.

      Generally this is not a jam group. Everyone gets to do 2 songs with a max of 10 minutes.

      July 4, 2013

    • emily f.

      we do play as one big group in the picnics, but I'm on tour. If anyone wants to organize a picnic, it would be amazing!!!

      July 5, 2013

  • Jay V

    I think we need to write a one page FAQ for first time performers.

    2 · July 4, 2013

    • emily f.

      Jay- this is an amazing idea. Let's get together all the questions we've been asked so far, and make a quick one sheet that describes what we're about. Outstanding idea.

      1 · July 5, 2013

  • Chitra S.

    How can I join and perform on your open mic nights.

    1 · July 4, 2013

    • Charlie A.

      Hi Chitra. Just show up around 6:30 or so to get your name on the sign-in sheet. Then when it's turn, you play. That's all there is to it.

      July 4, 2013

  • Joe G.

    Can I sing one secular and one gospel song?

    1 · July 2, 2013

    • Charlie A.

      I'm a specialist.

      1 · July 4, 2013

    • Jay V

      Sharpened your comedic skills to a catlike level.

      1 · July 4, 2013

  • bwaySteve B.

    This is a performance open mic,not an open jam. Solo acoustic, electric ,vocal and instrumental performances are typically experienced. Often people who know each other team up and of course if you have an accompanist, they are welcome as are any audience members you may bring. All are asked to pay the $5 cover which contributes to paying the sound guy and goes towards other administrative costs in running the meetup. This is a very well run Open Mic with none of the head trips associated with some of the other places. Performers are made to feel comfortable,they are assisted in setting up with respect to their type of performance which is very enabling for beginners and neurotic experts alike. It's always a fun and rewarding evening. whether this is your first or your first in 20 years. It is not unusual to hear singing in many of the worlds languages at these things so don't be concerned that people will not understand you. It didn't bother Pavarotti.

    2 · July 4, 2013

    • Jay V

      Yeah, to echo Broadway Steve, this is a performance, not a jam. Sometimes folks play together either spontaneously or, more usually, by prior arrangement. This has worked really well as it lets me be what I prefer, a backline guitarist, rather than have to do any pesky singing and whatnot. Sometimes when everyone's played folks stick around to jam. The main rules are pretty simple: $5 in the kitty; Be respectful of others; Don't apologize (however "statements of fact" are OK); 2 songs and 10 minutes maximum, counting setup and teardown. Beyond that, play what you like.

      1 · July 4, 2013

  • billie b.

    I like to play the electric guitar could I play it at your next meetup.

    1 · July 4, 2013

    • Arthur S.

      Good to know. Thnx Guys.

      1 · July 4, 2013

    • Jay V

      As someone who's used the amp (it's a 70s or 80s Fender of some sort, model eludes me) that's usually there, it is somewhat temperamental and often set to ludicrous settings by either a previous user or simply due to it being moved from point A to point B. I HIGHLY recommend arriving early so you can spend a few minutes getting the hang of it and know what settings match your guitar so you don't burn up your stage time tweaking knobs. On Tuesday I'll set up on the dirty channel so it'll probably be tolerably close to reasonable for you, but still... don't plug and pray. (This is one reason I'm thinking of buying one of those sweet Catalinbread "amp in a box" pedals so I don't have to cope with the tone stack of an unfamiliar amp. Plug in, set the amp to clean, and I'll sound like what I want.)

      1 · July 4, 2013

  • Steven Z.

    It's been so long since I've been to an open mic!! I'm looking forward to seeing you!!

    1 · July 4, 2013

  • billie b.

    Looking forward to attending I know it's going to be fun

    1 · July 4, 2013

  • Jason

    I personally would love to hear Gospel. You can learn a lot about where pop and current music comes from when you listen to gospel. I have been really getting into the Staple singers lately.

    1 · July 3, 2013

    • Joe G.

      Ok Jason, thanks for your information. I will do it.

      July 3, 2013

  • Joe G.

    Looking forward to be there.

    July 2, 2013

  • G D.

    How many songs can an attendee perform?

    July 2, 2013

    • Charlie A.

      2 songs for a max of 10 minutes.

      July 2, 2013

    • Jay V

      Two songs with a maximum of 10 minutes. Because setup time issues and equipment failures have been a problem in the past, devices playing backing tracks, gadgets, etc., are discouraged. Be sure to tune your guitar before you get on stage.

      July 2, 2013

  • Daniel B.

    Two

    July 2, 2013

  • Tzippy B.

    Hi, what st. is this near and what train from Brooklyn, been playing guitar for a good while, different styles, classical flamenco folk fingerstyle, so I'm looking forward to this,

    July 1, 2013

    • Daniel B.

      It's on the corner of Ave A and Houston. Take the F to Delancey street then walk three blocks up to Ella.

      July 1, 2013

  • Tzippy B.

    been playing different styles guitar, what train from Brooklyn goes there and what st. are you near, looking forward, Tzippy

    July 1, 2013

    • Jay V

      Ella 9 Avenue A, essentially Houston and Avenue A, just a bit down from the F train.

      July 1, 2013

  • Daniel B.

    This will be the perfect time for me because I'm on vacation from work that week. I'm performing a Ritchie Valens guitar cover.

    June 29, 2013

  • Jason

    Hello Everyone,

    What time does open Mic go on until ? I am in a course at NYC guitar school on tuesdays and would not be able to come until 8ish.

    1 · June 25, 2013

    • Jay V

      A lot of folks have taken classes from the Guitar School, though you might want to join the Meetup group that's affiliated with them and go to the open mic that they run to get more direct info. I signed up for the songwriting class which starts on July 17th taught by Lenny Molotov. Ronnie Wheeler took private lessons from him. Nancy took classes there.

      1 · June 25, 2013

    • Jason

      Lenny is awesome I do private lessons with him. He is my slide guitar teacher. Really cool character. I also take lessons with Tia and Suke. They are all phenomenal players.

      June 25, 2013

  • bwaySteve B.

    There is typically a lot of soul searching that goes on before someone decides to perform at an open mic.If this is your first or your first in 15 years understand that there is not a clear relationship between the nerves and being prepared.Players with considerable experience use a lyric sheet.It is not unusual for advanced players to pause, refocus and begin again after forgetfulness. Many find that the purpose of an Open mic is being able to "feel" through a performance surrounded by a supportive audience who understands. We are BORN seeking approval but WORK to become performers.

    3 · June 24, 2013

    • Charlie A.

      Well said, Steve. Well said.

      1 · June 24, 2013

    • bwaySteve B.

      This is THE thing as it applies to the Open Mic.It's a great , generous group of talented people and everyone connected to it gets the vibe.A room full of folks entertaining one another is tribal, nurturing and THIS Open Mic somehow in the crass interrelations of NYC have found "small town" community.If we had to deal with each other more than once a month it would be different but this thing is a celebration and a great night out of the house .At least for me .

      June 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is ok to just come and participate but not play, unfortunately my guitar has Cobb webs, it been that long.

    1 · June 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      sounds great

      June 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      thanks Charlie

      June 24, 2013

  • Kara.

    Looking to join an alternative rock/indie band.
    Keys, guitar, vocals, and drums. Message me for more info.

    June 24, 2013

  • PG W.

    Lousy day. Do you have to continue doing Tuesdays? Every time. . .

    June 22, 2013

    • Arthur S.

      Probably and also Tuesday is typically a slow night in the bar business so open mic gets traffic in the door at Ella and we get a venue.

      June 22, 2013

    • Charlie A.

      The shift to Tuesdays was due to scheduling changes at Ella. So Tiesdays it is.

      June 22, 2013

  • bwaySteve B.

    I'm bringing a friend from another planet who thinks that all people from Earth suck.I'll get a few beers in him and it'll mellow him out a little.He LOVES the traffic jam at the Lincoln Tunnel.I don't think there's music where he comes from.

    2 · June 21, 2013

  • Jason

    Hello Everyone,

    I am pretty new to playing guitar and am looking forward to becoming a more active member in the NYC guitar community. I am looking to meet like minded people who just love music and all the great things that come with it.

    June 20, 2013

    • Jason

      Thanks Charlie, I am looking forward to meeting the most talented, generous and fun people in the galaxy. I see you do open Mic's. Do you have any laid back jam sessions coming up ? I think I am far away from being able to doing an open mic.

      June 20, 2013

    • Charlie A.

      Be brave. There are always first-timers. And everyone gets thunderous applause. The set up is not really suitable for jamming. You'll be fine. I promise.

      June 20, 2013

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