Carlos Castilla wrote: ↑
Wed Nov 15, 2017 5:52 am
Rasputin wrote: ↑
Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:12 pm
I can understand that they might tolerate all of that - but why anyone would want to manufacture a desire to perform, just to put themselves in that position, is beyond me.
Situations may vary. Here is my take on this.
I teach guitar and other classes at the college level here in North Carolina. I also have a private studio. From my experience, people-who don't necessarily want to pursue a career as a performer- find themselves in a performance situation pretty much by default. The system pushes music students regardless of their emphasis to perform on a semestral basis in order to get a grade. Students who don't major in music performance but music education, general studies, or even a minor in music instead, still need to have a principal instrument and perform a recital in order to graduate. For most of them it is a nerve-racking experience, but one that is important to have no matter what your emphasis is in your musical career.
I agree with this, but although there are a few college students on here I am pretty sure that the vast majority are older and are not working their way through the college system. For most people on here, the only real issue is playing in front of a teacher, which is not a full-fledged performance by any means
Thanks for clarifying this. Yes, I see what you are saying. I have several older students and just playing their pieces in the lesson can be quite a challenge. However, those with more experience in the past generally tend to overcome those issues
Having said that, definitely classical guitar is not for everyone. I am the first one to recommend to try commercial music or songwriter guitar style to those who don't find joy in classical guitar. But soon they will find out that even when they have to play chords to the lyrics of their favorite tune, if it is in front of an audience, they still will have to deal with nerves.
I am so disappointed that having made such constructive comments you go on equate finding joy in classical guitar with enjoying public performance
I didn't say or imply that with my comment, sorry. I was just stating the obvious. Most people who seek guitar lessons don't know about classical guitar. That is a fact. I have taught many teenagers whose parents wanted them to study classical guitar because in their opinion is a more educated and formal training. Their kids would rather play rock or pop tunes if play at all. When that kind of student is confronted with the idea of playing in recital, the outcome is not very good. If I don't allow the kid to play in the recital, the parents generally don't feel to good about it.
Here is an anecdote. I live in an area that has a vast military population. I have in my studio military people who have been deployed many times. I had a student once who was a Jump Master. Great guy. He used to show up for lessons late in the afternoon, and during the day he probably had jumped from am airplane 3 to 4 times training soldiers. And yet, performing Classical guitar in front of an audience was something that he found overwhelming. That shows us that is not the nature of the task itself but instead the sense of not feeling 100% in control of the task, what triggers an anxiety reaction. It is all about tricking our minds into believing that there is no uncertainty.
Not logical captain. All it shows is that a guy who can jump from an aeroplane can still be nervous performing in front of an audience. The explanation is just your hunch - it is not there in the data. It could be right, but I for one doubt that confident performers believe that there is no uncertainty, when every concert reminds them that there is. I think it's more about not minding the uncertainty.
I disagree. Controlled risk is one thing, uncertainty another. A professional player can not have any uncertainty at all. That doesn't mean that some mistakes cannot happen or that some notes can sound not as clean, but in general a pro player can audiate and visualize the program from top to bottom without any surprises. In case of a memory slip, they can fix it right away jumping ahead.
As I said before and believe deeply, the higher the awareness of the music the less room for anxiety.