Good to read your post choctawchas, it nicely illustrates that the rewards have made it (more than) worth it!Five years ago I was almost incapable of even considering the thought of playing in front of an audience having had several bad experiences and
lacking the understanding of how to achieve my dream of being a performer.
It has not been an easy road but I can now say that I have the confidence and desire to play in front of people and share my music.
For some reason I have the feeling that you are on the wrong path. Take this comment in an absolutely positive way, by no means I am thinking anything negative.Gwynedd wrote: ↑Wed Jun 28, 2017 11:10 amWe're thinking to have a weekly workshop with an eye to performance (my estimable instructor's idea.) I think it's a good plan. The reason I go and embarrass myself once a month is to find a way to play better, and playing when you are performing IS the test. I fool myself into thinking "hey, that sounds pretty darn good" but you know, it may be my ears editing what I'm doing.
This is excellent advice. In addition, playing something 'easy' backstage helps you go on stage with confidence. I've played Bach back stage, and it definitely did not help me. Sometimes I even just play through some Giuliani right hand studies, it helps me walk out relaxed.
I didn't take this the wrong way and I think you are making a subtle and excellent point: is performance the "true" test because stage fright is an artificial situation? So far, I'm playing for our salon (where we critique after playing and you sometimes get a do-over.) I've seen do-overs even in actual audience attended concert (we're kind of casual) but in general it's a one shot, give it your best and what the hey. Because this is a friendly "all guitarist group" it's not quite like a concert.For some reason I have the feeling that you are on the wrong path. Take this comment in an absolutely positive way, by no means I am thinking anything negative.
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