Written by Tom ''Ketchfish'' Inglis

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"Tonight isrepparttar night of my best performance ever" "Damn, I'm good!" "Every female inrepparttar 110042 house wants me" "You look pretty stupid in your underwear" Okay, I maderepparttar 110043 last one up onrepparttar 110044 spot but you getrepparttar 110045 idea. Take a self-affirming thought, turn it into a phrase and repeat it over and over in your mind. BE ON TIME AND INSIST YOUR BANDMATES DO THE SAME Feeling frantic trying to get set up in a hurry, startingrepparttar 110046 show without a sound check, havingrepparttar 110047 club owner watching you get ready to play, etc. These add an enormous amount of stress torepparttar 110048 beginning of your show. If you have a bandmate that constantly shows up atrepparttar 110049 last minute or late, fire him and replace him. This person is no pro and he'll drag you down. If you are always late, shame on you! Buy a watch. Leave your house an hour early. Grow up, there are other people's reputations depending on you. I make it a point to berepparttar 110050 first person to arrive at a venue.but I don't go inside untilrepparttar 110051 second person shows up. That way I don't feel nervous in an unfamiliar place with only strangers around me. DRINK WATER No alcohol beforerepparttar 110052 third set. (or none at all ) And no pot smoking, it makes you paranoid. Save it for afterrepparttar 110053 show if you must partake. ESTABLISH A PRE-SHOW RITUAL Rituals are comforting. They make you feel comfortable in a place and in your mental space. I insist that set up be done 15 minutes minimum before show time including all sound checks. This 15 minutes is mine and I suffer no interruptions. I go torepparttar 110054 dressing room or my car and do deep breathing 5 X. I then run overrepparttar 110055 first two songs in my head. I then do my mantra. At 5 minutes beforerepparttar 110056 show I grab a bottle of water, hitrepparttar 110057 bathroom and splash my face. I time my arrival to exactly show time and count down or cuerepparttar 110058 first song. No talking, no intro, just go. The goofy people in their underwear KNOW you're a professional, there to entertain them. USE THE EVIL POWER FOR GOOD I briefly mentionedrepparttar 110059 "hyper-aware" state that stage fright can induce. This is your naturally occuring "fight or flee" response to a situation you percieve as dangerous. Your perceptions are heightened, you hear better, you see can perform better. Byrepparttar 110060 way, it's not really dangerous on-stage. I've played some ofrepparttar 110061 roughest bars and biker clubhouses around andrepparttar 110062 only time an audience member has physically attacked me is when they were an angry husband or boyfriend trying to keep me from taking their woman away from them. Just see who's with that total babe before you hit on her too hard and you're safe. SEEK PROFESSIONAL HELP If nothing else works, see a counselor or doctor. There are many therapies and medications that can help with extreme stage fright. I've heard of many performers who take beta-blocking drugs and swear they do wonders. Don't let your musical talent be stifled.

Ol' Ketchfish is a songwriter and musician with years of performance experience, back to the bad old eighties. He's played every kind of venue from dirt floor barrooms to church halls, from stadiums to small town bandstands. At every gig, he's experienced stagefright and he's found some techniques to use it to his advantage, so can you with a little practice. Check out his website at for more information.

The Dark Side of P2P File Sharing Programs

Written by Bill Paulk

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The legal status of P2P file sharing programs is confusing. We know that MP3 files themselves are not illegal. For example, it's legal to possess MP3s, to rip your CDs to your hard drive, and to burn CDs for your personal use. But, by sharing and/or downloading these files, you are breaking copyright laws. To my knowledge, P2P scam sites are not actually breaking any laws. But why pay for something you don't have to?

One ofrepparttar most common techniques these scam artists use is to set up sites that are misspellings or derivations of popular P2P file sharing programs. KaZaA is probablyrepparttar 110041 most hijacked name being used these days.

Other sites may not actually charge you anything at all, but they'll "give yourepparttar 110042 software for free" if you give them your email address. This too is a scam. Because once again, they're just sending you along to a proper P2P program, but after collecting your email address, they're selling it to third parties. Don't give these scammers any of your personal information!

If you're on a website you trust, even this website, you may see ads by these scam artists, preaching their lies about 100% blah, blah, blah. For your own security, don't click onrepparttar 110043 links. They're still scams. (Many independent websites rely on ads to payrepparttar 110044 bills. We don't always have full control over what advertisements appear on our sites. Keep in mind that most online advertisements are arranged and distributed by third-party companies who pair up advertisements with appropriate keywords. So a page that discusses "music downloads" is likely to have an ad from a scam site singing their own false praises.)

On this note, there are sites all overrepparttar 110045 Internet that actually promote P2P scam sites. Why? I have my opinions. First, these scam sites are paying large sums of money to affiliates who promote their sites. For example, a scam site may be charging you $29.95 for their non-service. Well, they're paying affiliates over half (I've seenrepparttar 110046 pay-out as high as 75%) of that just for getting you,repparttar 110047 visitor, to their scam sites.

I Think I've Used One of these Scam Sites. What Do I Do Now?

Stop! Right now, stop using that service. If you've got some type of monthly payment with them, stop paying them. Cancel your "membership," contact your bank or credit card company, and stop paying them immediately! Secondly, your computer has probably have been infected by spyware, and you need to remove it right away. I recommend purchasing spyware-removal software like Pest Patrol because they dorepparttar 110048 best job at clearing out spyware parasites.

If you've been pulled into a scam site, just rack it up to experience. Their ad copy is very convincing, and you just wanted to "be legal" while downloading. Take heart in knowing that you're not alone. But you're better off now, with this information at your disposal.

In my opinion, this is another reason to consider not using P2P file sharing programs as a means to get your online music. I think that these P2P scam sites will increase in number, and will use more clever tactics to get your money and your information. Untilrepparttar 110049 peer-to-peer communities are regulated in some way, I fear that these types of activities will get worse before they improve.

A former financial advisor and NYC book editor, Bill Paulk blends these two experiences by helping people make sound buying decisions. His passion, building digital music collections through MP3 downloads, is the subject of his first website. reviews and recommends the best in legal MP3 downloads.

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