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#519418 - 11/02/04 10:01 AM Yet another performance anxiety Q
squeaky88th Offline
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Registered: 09/14/03
Posts: 146
Loc: NY
Just curious...

Has anyone initially experienced performance anxiety (hands shaking, brain cramps reading music, etc...) during public performance but learned to control it through repeated exposure to public performances?

Oh a side note, I remember as child, I had no such problems during recitals, but then I didn't care for the music nor the piano. It's totally opposite as an adult.

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#519419 - 11/02/04 10:45 AM Re: Yet another performance anxiety Q
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Registered: 11/27/02
Posts: 13825
Loc: Iowa City, IA
"If we continually try to force a child to do what he is afraid to do, he will become more timid, and will use his brains and energy, not to explore the unknown, but to find ways to avoid the pressures we put on him." (John Holt)


#519420 - 11/02/04 11:08 AM Re: Yet another performance anxiety Q
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Registered: 04/12/03
Posts: 197
Loc: CA
Originally posted by Kreisler:
www.dongreene.com [/b]
I read and used "Fight your fear and win" and "performance success." I must say neither of them helped me at all

The biggest problem I used to have was sweaty hands. The only problem was it wasn't just when I was performing it was always. So i got this medication now that stops it all together. After I stopped sweating I really havn't gotten any performance anxiety. Well that's not true. Just no performance anxiety that hinders my performance. I'm still nervous though. What I do is I keep saying to myself that it doesn't matter how well I do. If I totally kill it then I totally kill it. No ones going to hate me for it. If it's a competition or audition I just say to myself, "I'm prepared if it doesn't work out it's not my fault." Now I don't have many worries before I perform.

#519421 - 11/02/04 11:13 AM Re: Yet another performance anxiety Q
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Originally posted by Kreisler:
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Gimmicky tripe.

#519422 - 11/03/04 07:12 AM Re: Yet another performance anxiety Q
catfanny Offline
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Registered: 11/02/04
Posts: 2
Loc: Hong Kong
well...I always feel nervous when I perform in front of people. Hands are shaking, and even my legs are shaking when I'm using the pedal...
But I feel better when I can totally play the pieces in my heart~


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