What to do...
Feb 05, 2012
I was completely caught off guard last weekend when I could barely perform the first movement of a quartet due to a shaky bow arm. Nothing like this has happened to me in at least 20 years! Why now?
I tried something new.
As a person who is currently practicing public speaking through Toastmasters, and as a person who has performed concerts most of her life - I assumed that I could easily blend the two together...Wrong!!!
I opened our concert by talking to the audience with no fear at all. I found it enjoyable. When I sat down and started to play there was something coursing through my veins that usually isn't there when I play the violin! I was unable to control my bow! While I was surprised - I was not alarmed. I knew just what to do. I had to let it run it's course. I did my best to play and mentally not get upset. By the 2nd movement whatever was flying through my bloodstream had dissipated enough that I could get back to my usual performance mode.
What a wake up call. Performing comfortably is something that I've taken for granted. This experience was a reminder of how nerve wracking performing can be! What steps have I done in the past that have led to so many successful years of performing comfortably?
Practice & Preparation
What steps did I leave out at my performance last week?
How did I deal with the situation?
Let all your hard work and heartfelt feelings about performing music come out! Consider your main reason for performing. Practice to be invincible! Exercise & stretch. When in performance - focus on your main purpose, let other thoughts and sensations go! Let your uniqueness shine!
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