Do You Get Nervous and Scared when Performing? I Do!
Many musicians get nervous and scared when performing, including me.
I can’t wait to see the pictures and movie of your recital with your piano accompanist. It must be great!
Is it true that you also get nervous and scared? But you are so good, you should not have the feeling?
I am in the contrary always have that feeling. I sometimes perform accompanying my daughter either on piano or on violin. I always have trembling and sweaty hands, my heart would beat so fast that it might pop out. No matter how hard I practice and tell myself it’s giong to be okay, the moment I step on the stage with her, those scary feelings come back.
I am glad you overcome your fear and it turned out great!
Even after years of experience, I still get that nervous feeling when performing. My stage fright has even given me panick attacks. I didn’t lose that fear and I am terrified from time to time, certainly when performing solo. However, over the years I have gained some insights that have helped me.
Tip 1. Feel the fear and do it anyway
Instead of telling myself it is going to be okay, I have learned that it helps me better when I just acknowledge the fear, but do it anyway. Your feelings will come back and the harder you push them away, the harder they push back. You can learn how to perform despite of your fear. You can learn how to play with sweaty hands, you can learn how to play when your heart is racing. But to become better at that, you have to practice. It is possible!
Tip 2. Don’t compare yourself to the best one playing
The strange thing is, in music we always look to the one who is absolutely the best. All the others feel like they are not good enough. But everyone experiences fear and challenges on their own level. Every player is nervous, even André Rieu once admitted in an interview that he still gets nervous to perform. So don’t feel like you are the only one to experience nervousness when going on stage.
So, acknowledge you are afraid, by this your fear will disappear. It is also a matter of practice to play with fear. But remember: it is a natural reaction, everybody gets nervous!
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