How to Become a More Confident Performer

How to Become a More Confident Performer

How confident a performer are you? Do you go into auditions or performances feeling certain that you are going to play your best - and do so from the very first note? Or do you grapple with doubt and anxiety (perhaps even days or weeks before), and have a tendency to begin your performance tentatively? If you’re like most musicians, you probably fall in the second category more often than you’d like. And not only is this an unpleasant feeling, but it is a poor strategy for on-stage success as…


How to Make Performance Anxiety an Asset Instead of a Liability

We are typically led to believe that being "nervous" is a bad thing. Indeed, most of the advice I’ve ever heard has been aimed at reducing anxiety. Over the years, I tried everything I could to get rid of the unpleasant feelings associated with performance anxiety. I tried eating bananas, drinking chamomile tea, imagining the audience in their underwear, sleep deprivation, practicing more, taking various supplements, and even trying to convince myself that it didn't matter how I played. None of…