Most musicians have to deal with performance anxiety sooner or later in one way or another.
There are professional musicians who struggle with it each and every single performance and others who overcome it quickly.
I also was not immune to the fear of playing in front of people. I remember one of my first gigs when I smoked 2 pack of cigarettes before going on stage.
The nervousness was unbearable, but the strange thing was when I got on stage and started playing I was so focused that the anxiety fell away. All that was left was pure excitement.
Once I started playing gigs every week it was no more an issue. I learned that doing more of the same thing takes away the fear.
But then “change” can come along, new things happening, unexpected situations, bigger stages, different people, larger crowds and you have to deal with the uneasiness all over again and that’s a pain in the #ss.
Still, when you’re aware of a few simple rules and take the necessary steps the nervousness becomes tolerant and will eventually disappear completely. A big part of the salvation lies in your own hands and is easy to attain.
Fear simply comes from worrying about the future, the unknown, thinking about what might happen, going through all the ‘what if’ scenarios and torturing yourself with what others might think.
They are all scenarios that arent’ there, cause you’re here now and those situations aren’t. They only live in your mind.
And yes that’s the theory, you still have to deal with it or better said ‘let go of it’.
Well, here are the keys to help you out and truly enjoy the entire experience of your performance.Continue Reading