This is a really important point. Although I agree that filming yourself does help you learn to deal with nerves, what is missing is the interaction with an audience. Perhaps, that is what scares some people, but personally, I find it far harder to record myself playing at home, than to perform in public. (By the way, although I do film performances, when I can, I usually forget the camera is there.)andi33x wrote: ↑Tue May 09, 2017 6:18 pmI agree with Karen. Taking videos is a good thing.
After having some concerts with our quartet I saw that talking to the audience before the concert helped a lot. Speak with them. Help them to get a good seat etc. Ask them if they also play guitar. You learn that the people are nice and friendly and the stage fright is almost gone. You feel like being a part of them with a better seat.
Thanks so much Andreas. That's very nice of you to say!andi33x wrote: ↑Fri May 12, 2017 7:20 pm
Haha, Nina, we know each other so long now via youtube and facebook that I really understand that YOU write this. Looking at your perfomances it is just as you write. You can focus the mind during a concert and you "feed off" an audience's reactions. This is a really good ability which you own! And I see this on your past videos.
Love that phrase, it "worms out the artist of you". I'll remember that!andi33x wrote: ↑Fri May 12, 2017 7:20 pmI also play usually better in concert as at home in front of the camera. The concert is an exciting situation which worms out "the artist" of you. The interaction with a real audience is a different thing as a micro. And in the concert the acoustics are better
I agree that self-confidence is extremely important. I don't think that's been mentioned yet in this thread. I think it's something that can be built, though. Hopefully, people get more positive experiences than negative ones. That should help!andi33x wrote: ↑Fri May 12, 2017 7:20 pmBut stage frigth is not in this area. I believe it is based on certain considerations. I sometimes think something lile "they are all interested in Pop music and the boring Bach and Sor and Tarrega etc. which I play are not any more "hot", so I have to convince them that this is beautiful, too". And then I feel overstrained and the stage fright is here. Indeed, to "convince someone" has nothing to do with art and music. Such considerations are destructive and of course absolutely wrong, but what can I to do to loose them?
Not Having such considerations is a result of self-confidence, a deep believe in the own performance and, believe me, It is a merci!
I really appreciate this tip. I am only an intermediate level player and my recitals are just for friends and small groups, so I feel I can apply the advice given and have fun while still trying my best. I have no problem with public speaking but when it comes to playing the CG in front of others I struggle.ne huge tip is that no matter how much you screw up you should make sure you look awesome doing it! I'm serious, actually. If you screw up don't stop for anything (if you have to repeat a section because you forgot the next one for god's sake do it) and continue to look utterly relaxed and oblivious. Smile... this is too much fun to care about a little mistake!
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