Yet another humongous music performance problem?

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  • Yet another humongous music performance problem?


Answer #1 | 22/12 2013 08:19
Busking will be good practice. So will anything that gets you in front of an audience (it works the other way too - I gave much better seminars after a little experience with street and coffeehouse performing!) Have you tried just pretending you are performing in front of an audience when you're practicing? It used to help me.
Answer #2 | 22/12 2013 08:27
You could just say No. Politely of course. I've been playing guitar for more than 40 years, and don't get nervous anymore playing for people, but I will not bring my guitar to parties unless I know there will be other musicians present with their instruments. Jamming with other musicians - even with other party guests listening and singing along - is FUN. Being the only musician in the family and being put on the spot to "get out your guitar and play for us" by parents anxious to show you off to their friends - is NOT fun, and I would refuse to do it. Politely, of course, and you can cite nervousness and stage fright as your (completely valid) reason to not want to perform. My parents eventually got the message and stopped demanding I perform for their friends.

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