Pop music concerts are intense. Most of the time the audience is standing and dancing. Everyone is singing, being loud, and having a great time. There are usually intense visual effects, and the music is blaring. The pop music industry has figured something out that classical music sometimes has a difficult time with. That is that musical entertainment doesn’t have to, and shouldn’t, rely completely on the merits of the music itself.
There is more to a performance than just the music.
You’re taking music lessons, and you think that’s all there is to it huh? Hopefully you’ve figured out by now that lessons don’t do much on their own. You need practice too! But there is one more step to music lessons that can’t be ignored. Yes, it’s the performance. Whether you are playing for your friends or family, or a large group of strangers, music is meant to be heard.
Learning to make incredible music is just not as rewarding if you don’t share it. Imagine learning to paint, but you decide no one can ever see your painting. That’s what it’s like to never want to participate in a recital or performance.
Beyond the obvious need to share your talent, there are many other reasons why it’s important to perform regularly.
One common ailment that musicians go through is “not good enough”-ism. For non musicians this may be a new concept, as the media portrays most famous musicians as cocky and elitist. Although that definitely exists, there are quite a few musicians that have a problem accepting praise and with positive self-talk. Constant personal attacks on yourself is not humility.
Negative self-talk will hurt your self-esteem, make you look weak, hurt your musicianship, and even increase the frequency of mistakes. So why do you do it? You likely talk to yourself much worse than you would talk to a friend. If you learn how to be your own best friend, you’ll be a happier and better musician.
I can give public speeches, perform in groups, and give many other kinds of public performances, but a solo piano performance has always been something I’ve struggled with. When I started out in music I was a little nervous to let people know that I was afraid to perform. I wanted to keep it to […]
I have an embarrassing confession to make. My hands sweat. They sweat a lot. They sweat more when I’m performing, but it can even make practice difficult. The more I think about it the more they sweat. I’m a pianist, and trying to stay on the keys and play accurately is next to impossible when I have hands that are literally dripping in sweat.
It’s been years since I had to worry about this though because I’ve found some techniques that have really changed my musical life. That’s not an exaggeration. Playing piano well for me was nearly impossible. If you’re struggling with this, even on a smaller scale, you’re probably looking desperately for solutions. You’ve found them.
You stare at the recital program and can’t take your eyes off of your printed name. Your sweaty palms nervously crinkle the program as you wait for your turn. You feel dizzy, your stomach is tied in knots, and all these horrible “what-if” scenarios flood your mind uncontrollably. You hear the musician right before you finish playing their last note and the audience applauds. Oh no. This is it. There’s no turning back now!
Does this scenario sound a bit familiar to you? It’s the common case of THE NERVES. What are they? Why do I get nervous? How can I make them go away? How long do they last? I HATE THEM!
Here are the ultimate steps to master those frantic nerves and take back that wonderful feeling of control!
Study these tips below and really come to understand them. Memorize them and let them become a part of you! It will change how you feel when you perform.