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I had a teacher who liked to say "The key to overcoming performance anxiety is through rigorous application of technique." This basically means: practice, practice, practice. Practice not until you get it right, but until you can't get it wrong. Practice until the technique you have to execute on the guitar is just as natural as clapping your hands. There ...


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My hands can shake just by thinking about performing to others. I used to play at church, first few times I get really anxious and keep making mistakes. After few months of performing, I got used to it, and everything was quite fine. One time it get worse when I have to perform in another place (out of my comfort zone and normal audience). I was totally ...


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The key to overcoming this is simply to do it a lot, just like the key to getting better at playing is to practice. Kill two birds with one stone- practice in public. If you're constantly practicing where others can hear you, a performance ends up being the same as a practice and won't feel so psychologically nerve-racking. There's a spectrum of performance ...


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I don't think there's a silver bullet answer. Here are a few thoughts though. Have you tried chamomile tea? It's easily available at practically any grocery around here. There are practice techniques that help to improve your technique while nervous. For violin, there's the one-minute-bow practice, where you try to produce a tone for an entire minute on ...


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The best thing you can do is to know your stuff. Practice it well beforehand, and know your material very well. This way you can get into the groove and stay there (and not be thinking about how sweaty your palms are, or how you're certain the folks in the back row can see your limbs trembling from fear) and then the next thing you know will be along the ...


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Don't rush. If you have seen a lot of live performances you know that professionals don't run in, sit down and start playing immediately. Take your time; sit or stand comfortably and check the instrument and the music to make sure everything is ready. Remember that the audience is not full of critics and music teachers. It's full of people who are there ...


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(NOTE: This answer was written for a different question (pianist, problems with audience-fear on stage), but got migrated in here, so not everything might match up with this question!) I'm guitarist, but I might be able to help you. (Because we all have to deal with being nervous from time to time) Some people just say that you just need to get better or ...


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I agree with what Tangurena and Mark Lutton wrote, but would like to add some thoughts. I've been playing the piano since I was nine and had a lot of half-formal performances (so mostly in front of other music school pupils and their family) during the ten or eleven years that I've had music lessons. I'm generally someone who likes being on stage, so I ...


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Someone has already suggested you some important advice on how to overcome the fear of performing in front of an audience... I'd like to give you mine, too: When you're on a stage, in the spotlight and everyone is looking at you waiting and, often ready for one's criticism, begin thinking that everyone smiles, cries, feels happy or sad, feels strong or ...


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One thing to keep in mind is that you should know it is not the end of the world if you do mistakes. Most mistakes that you do will not even be noticed by the audience, even if you think it's a big mistake. Because of this, you must continue as nothing happened. Knowing this fact, you can also have more confidence, because you will know that it is not ...


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I agree with Finbar to a certain extent. The only way to overcome your fear of performing in front of an audience is to do it often. Take your guitar to a park and play while you're there. Entertain the passerbys and if you mess up, who cares? Perform in front of friends and family members, but avoid those who will tell you that you're awesome no matter ...


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best way to overcome it is to do it, then in time you will be used to being in front of a crowd. you might be best performing with a group of people so that you can get used to the idea of being on stage in front of an audience, then in time one will get used to not feeling really conscious while on stage. from there on its fairly easy to get up and "just do ...


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This is such a huge issue for many musicians. Please excuse blatant self-promotion but my iPhone app 'Musicians Hypnosis' and the 'Self Hypnosis for Musicians' CD and download have helped thousands of people. There's a video run-down of the material on the musicians hypnosis website which explains all. I appreciate hypnosis is not for everybody, but watch ...


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1) Knowing your piece(s) so thoroughly that your fingers can play even when your mind is occupied or distracted is one step towards performance confidence. 2) Practicing rough spots over and over in isolation will give you comfort and should reduce nervousness about making mistakes in front of an audience. 3) Lastly, recruiting a friend or family member ...


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I do know this question is marked as Answered, but I'd still like to offer up some additional advice by telling you how I overcome this. I have been playing guitar since I was 7 and I am now 21, I have played in many events for school, and have played in a few bands as well as done a few solo acts my self. My first big show was at school in front of over ...


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This makes me think of the many times I have had to do public speaking. In some cases this was in front of an audience of 300+ people. There were really two keys to success: training and practice. For training I had the opportunity to take a handful of classes and seminars on public speaking, and this will be the same with all the lessons you have taken ...



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