A lot of people have a problem with auditions. They can perform their music in a decent manner when they are alone, or when they are playing for a small, prepared audience. But when they get into that audition room, suddenly they are no longer playing that same music well.
Many of my friends always tense up right before an audition. This obviously doesn't help, because they can't move their fingers as fast. This is a particularly large problem at All-State. For those that don't know what All-State is, it is a very elite honor band that students from all around our state audition to try to be in. For sections such as saxophone or clarinet, there can be 100 people that audition, but only 10 or so get in. So this causes a lot of stress inside your head.
How do you deal with this? At least in my case, it is usually never a problem with being prepared with my music, so "practice more" won't help much in this case. What are some of the ways that you deal with auditioning in front of that terrifying human being?
Some of the things I have tried
- Telling myself I am the worst player out of all of them. This theoretically makes your mind think that because you are so bad, you have nobody to impress, so you shouldn't worry about doing good.
- Singing the Alphabet when you are listening to other people practice the audition music. That way you can feel better about your music.