Stage fright

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Stephen.Verderber
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Re: Stage fright

Postby Stephen.Verderber » Tue Apr 18, 2017 2:33 pm

Stage fright is a good thing, sounds weird I know, but it means you care enough to want to do your best.

Study up on meditation and practice it, use some of the exercises you learn before a performance to help relax you. Once you start playing, and when you make a mistake, keep on playing. Most people will not even notice your mistake, and don't make a face if you do make a mistake, just keep going.

There will be times when you get "in the zone" and it is effortless, and there will be times that you struggle. Accept it, think about how fortunate you are to be in the position to perform for people. It is a beautiful thing we do, performing, and it is an honor to be able to do so.

Rome714
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Re: Stage fright

Postby Rome714 » Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:18 am

The way I dealt with stage fright is just being more self confident and obviously practicing the pieces until you know them inside and out. If you are not confident in having them ready completely you are going to second guess yourself and it will always be in the back of your mind that you are going to mess up or forget something. You should be out on the stage to express yourself and not worry too much about the technical aspect of it since it should've already been worked out during practice.

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Re: Stage fright

Postby JefferyHeiderscheit » Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:17 pm

I haven't done it yet, but I have found an "open stage" place in my community that allows students/players to perform pieces for each other in a coffee house setting on the first Sunday of the month. It is meant to be in a very safe and supportive environment where classical guitarists of all abilities share pieces. Maybe look in your area to see if there is anything like that around. The guitar society in my area is where I learned of it. I plan to go for the first time next month to watch, but to have my guitar along in case the spirit moves me.
The only way to get over stage fright is to keep at it.
For my living, I do a lot of public speaking. It took a while to get over fear, but now I can speak in front of any size crowd with total calm.
Playing my classical guitar is another thing entirely but I plan to work on it.
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Swin
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Re: Stage fright

Postby Swin » Fri Apr 21, 2017 9:44 pm

JefferyHeiderscheit wrote:I haven't done it yet, but I have found an "open stage" place in my community that allows students/players to perform pieces for each other in a coffee house setting on the first Sunday of the month. It is meant to be in a very safe and supportive environment where classical guitarists of all abilities share pieces. Maybe look in your area to see if there is anything like that around. The guitar society in my area is where I learned of it. I plan to go for the first time next month to watch, but to have my guitar along in case the spirit moves me.
The only way to get over stage fright is to keep at it.
For my living, I do a lot of public speaking. It took a while to get over fear, but now I can speak in front of any size crowd with total calm.
Playing my classical guitar is another thing entirely but I plan to work on it.


Let us know how it goes for you!

Once I get the repertoire, I was thinking about going to some senior living places to play. That would be a good way to ease into it...

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Re: Stage fright

Postby powderedtoastman » Sat Apr 22, 2017 10:18 pm

Swin wrote:
JefferyHeiderscheit wrote:I haven't done it yet, but I have found an "open stage" place in my community that allows students/players to perform pieces for each other in a coffee house setting on the first Sunday of the month. It is meant to be in a very safe and supportive environment where classical guitarists of all abilities share pieces. Maybe look in your area to see if there is anything like that around. The guitar society in my area is where I learned of it. I plan to go for the first time next month to watch, but to have my guitar along in case the spirit moves me.
The only way to get over stage fright is to keep at it.
For my living, I do a lot of public speaking. It took a while to get over fear, but now I can speak in front of any size crowd with total calm.
Playing my classical guitar is another thing entirely but I plan to work on it.


Let us know how it goes for you!

Once I get the repertoire, I was thinking about going to some senior living places to play. That would be a good way to ease into it...


We have a guitar society that does an open mic once a month, which I have attended almost every one over the last year. I've gotten to know the regulars very well, and yet mentally I find it to be a rather difficult outlet to play.
I've played at house parties at my friends' places, did an hour volunteer program at a retirement home, and now I'm volunteering two hours a week at a nearby medical office and I can stay very relaxed and in my element at any of those places, and yet I still tense up for open mic. The human mind is a strange beast!

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Re: Stage fright

Postby amy3000 » Sun Apr 23, 2017 1:40 pm

JefferyHeiderscheit wrote:I haven't done it yet, but I have found an "open stage" place in my community that allows students/players to perform pieces for each other in a coffee house setting on the first Sunday of the month. It is meant to be in a very safe and supportive environment where classical guitarists of all abilities share pieces. Maybe look in your area to see if there is anything like that around. The guitar society in my area is where I learned of it. I plan to go for the first time next month to watch, but to have my guitar along in case the spirit moves me.
The only way to get over stage fright is to keep at it.
For my living, I do a lot of public speaking. It took a while to get over fear, but now I can speak in front of any size crowd with total calm.
Playing my classical guitar is another thing entirely but I plan to work on it.

Jeffery, be sure to come the 2nd Sunday of the month or you might not find any other CGers. :) I go fairly regularly. It is the friendliest of audiences. I watched the first time I went too. Definitely bring your guitar. If you don't and want to play someone will loan you their guitar (mine is a 615mm so you might not want to use mine). May 14th is the last one until next fall. There's also a meetup group and they have an open mic the 3rd Saturday of the month at the same coffee shop. As for mistakes, even the best make them. I saw Raphaella Smits play last night. She made a few mistakes and had some momentary memory lapses. It was a wonderful concert none the less.

sosa6string
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Re: Stage fright

Postby sosa6string » Sun Apr 23, 2017 2:31 pm

By doing it often ie practise, and by pretending the audience isn't there.
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Re: Stage fright

Postby D.Cass » Sun Apr 23, 2017 7:46 pm

Seems like a lot of stage fright stems from insecurity of the piece. So, I am usually well rehearsed before performing. I could play both hand parts independently, solfege the tune, count the rhythms aloud, rehearse everything I say and do, and have deep understanding of the piece. That was the system I programmed to do. I did a the Vivaldi concerto a couple of years. I learned to play everyone's part. Perhaps that is a bit extreme, but it gave me a better understanding of the big picture.
Then there is general nervousness before playing. I tend to accept I will be nervous or anxious to play. Usually I go for a walk to clear my mind and refocused my attention on the music. I also tend to talk to people before the the downbeat and keep a lively and positive attitude. Then right before I hitting the stage; a deep breathe and go. However, I have friends that swear that eating bananas reduce anxiety. I guess to each their own.

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Re: Stage fright

Postby JefferyHeiderscheit » Mon Apr 24, 2017 7:33 pm

Thank you Amy3000! That is exactly what I was looking for.......I was planning to go in May. When I looked at the coffee shop website I only found the Saturday one all of a sudden, so I'm thankful you mentioned the Sunday one. I may just come and watch if it is the last one for season (but I'll still bring my guitar. Is that Mother's Day? That might be a deal breaker.....need to check to see plans for my family :-)
Jeff
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Re: Stage fright

Postby William Gregg » Wed Apr 26, 2017 12:24 am

I have been performing for 58 years. I still get stage fright..... pace back and forth, think I can't possibly do this, have to wipe sweat off my palms. Nevertheless I still perform. I prepare, rehearse, prepare, rehearse and then rehearse some more. Being prepared means that even if I make a mistake it will not result in a breakdown. When the show is finished, I am always astounded and humbled by the reaction of the audience. But then I realize my anxiety was forgotten because I was too busy putting every ounce of emotion I had into that performance.


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