Do you ever feel like a pro when you play guitar in your bedroom and an amateur when you play onstage?
Nobody likes to talk about it, but it’s more common than you’d think.
I can attest to that feeling myself.
That’s why I’ve put together a game plan to help you perform at your highest level.
By integrating these strategies into your practice, you’ll replace those pangs of nervousness and anxiety with a sense of calmness and composure.
Many of these ideas come from the thoughts I had while reflecting on my first performance and what I did to enhance. There were a few key insights that I took with me from that moment onward.
Apply them to your own life and you can save yourself from a lot of uncomfortable and potentially embarrassing moments down the road.
By integrating these strategies into your practice, you’ll be calm, cool, and collected where you used to feel pressure, nervousness, and anxiety.
That said, here’s your first tip to beating stage fright.
Tip #1: Act the Part
Many fans forget that what musicians are doing on stage is an act, a performance, and a source of entertainment.
Lots of musicians are introverted, which makes it hard for them to bask in the limelight.
It’s a vulnerable feeling being up onstage and judged by all the arms-crossed musicians in the crowd.
Now think about this for a second:
Have you ever noticed how many musicians use stage names?
In the same way that actors take on a different name and personality to play a role, you may find a sudden transformation creating a stage name for yourself.
Even if you continue to use your birth name, you’ll immediately feel more comfortable with an onstage persona because it’s not YOU being judged; it’s your character.
While your character doesn’t have to be completely different from who you are offstage, remember that it’s still important to have some personality.
Much like an actor’s job is more than just reading lines, a successful musician conveys emotion and connects with his audience.
You’ll also give yourself permission to have more fun instead of taking every note too seriously.
I’ve been guilty of putting too much effort into playing the right notes and not enough effort into making it a great overall experience.
Some musicians love the fanfare, others not so much.
I was always more intent on playing well than being in the limelight, but I’ve certainly met a lot of musicians who made it a long way on personality alone.
After years of listening to and implementing different schools of thought, I’ve come to a glaringly obvious conclusion: a solid performance consists of playing the right notes at the right time with the right energy.
Of course, like most things, this is far easier said than done. However, if you’d like the ability to enter into a headspace that makes you feel invulnerable (and, in a way, superhuman), then I encourage you to contact me for a personal coaching session. Together we’ll break through psychological barriers that will shatter the glass ceiling and open you up to infinite possibilities.
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