Hi Paul - I'm very similar in that I play things very well on my own but not so well in front of my teacher which I find very frustrating. I also do presentations to people for work and don't find it a problem. Put a guitar in mind and it's a different proposition!Paul Nicholas wrote:Thanks for the advice! I think for me it's mainly a confidence thing. I spend most of my professional life in front of folks giving presentations, lecturing, etc. and have never had any issues getting up in front of people until I picked up a guitar. I think it has to do with the expectations I have for myself and not wanting disappoint anyone or be embarrassed or criticized. As for playing professionally, i don;t envision that happening. I'm mainly thinking of recitals, church, family gatherings, small parties... I simply cannot see anyone paying me to play! LOL!
Thanks again! I'll keep practicing and look forward to any additional advice!
This is more true than most people realize. Amateurs usually put in neither the time nor the attention to detail that professionals do. Amateurs cut corners and look for a quick fix. Yet they somehow expect to play as well as professionals, and are perplexed when they don’t. Further, professionals are in it for the long haul. They’re serious when young, and it pays off when they reach adulthood. Even then, their commitment becomes deeper and more discerning. It all adds up. Concert artists are better than the rest of us because they’ve paid a price we haven’t.2handband wrote:Practice till you know it so well you can't screw it up. That may seem like the long road but really it's the ONLY road. The amateur practices until he gets it right, the professional practices until he can't get it wrong.
I used to get severe performance anxiety in these situations, but as my experience increased the anxiety lessened.Jeffrey Armbruster wrote:I predict good thing for you in terms of this issue! Since you routinely give presentations, lectures, etc.
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