Dealing With Stage Fright At A Recital Or Gig.

Do you get nervous before you perform?  Have you avoided any opportunities to perform for fear of making mistakes in public?  You're not alone.  Fortunately, there are some really effective strategies to overcome your fear of playing in front of an audience.  When practiced properly performance becomes a true pleasure.

Playing at a recital becomes much easier if you practice the art of performing. One way to practice performing is to do it in an incremental way. You can actually study peformance in a strategic fashion. Here are just a few of the things I suggest my students do before their recitals.

1. Perform for at least 5 separate people before the recital date.
2. Develop a consistent pre performance ritual (like athletes do) to help bring about focus, clarity, and stable emotions
3. Record themselves at least 3x before the recital.
4. Play their pieces on at least 3 separate pianos.

Essentially, you're getting comfortable with the unique emotions that arise during performance.

Just remember the lesson and the practice room is the laboratory. The performance is the real thing. It's the such an amazing way to grow your skills and your art.