[Menvi-discuss] mental aspects of playing/performing
csmart8 at cogeco.ca
Tue May 8 15:23:02 PDT 2012
For those of you who perform, or just get anxious if you know
anybody can hear you, even when practicing, how do you deal with it?
I'm doing some daily deep breathing exercises and trying to just
adopt an attitude of it not mattering so much if I hit a wrong
note, but that is easier said than done.
I got a chance to jam with Larry Carlton last month at a master
class, and while it was a positive experience, I was so worked up
it felt like I was listening to someone else play, like, observing
myself, not able to really hear what was going on. I don't mean
that in a good sense, as in, wow, I was so into the music I blocked
out distractions. I mean that I was so up tight I wasn't present at
I realize that we are our own worst critics, and that we hear lots
of things the audience neither notices nor cares about, but that
doesn't seem to actually help my state of mind when playing.
Do any of you have any strategies for coping with this sort of
internal tention that actually work for you?
Connected to this is perhaps a controvercial question, but I'll ask
it anyway. Beta blockers ... good or bad?
Thanks for any insights,
P.S. One thing I read in a book recently stated that hey, we're not
performing brain surgery or piloting a plain. Nobody dies if we
mess up. *laugh*
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