Category Archives: Performance

Performance Anxiety: A Meditation on Gratitude

Gratitude has incredible power to transform our entire attitude towards performance… from a dreadful ordeal to a life-affirming celebration.

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Performance Anxiety: Motivation

Why would any sufferer of stage fright want to put themselves through the misery of performance?

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Performance Anxiety: What Causes Stage Fright?

Let’s be absolutely clear about what causes stage fright…

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Performance Anxiety: Alternative Diagnoses

Before we confront the problem of genuine performance anxiety, realize that our feelings of exposure and dread may not be stage fright at all, but symptomatic of other issues:

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Performance Anxiety: Taming the Stage Fright Monster

I have two important messages to share with anyone who suffers from stage fright. First, you are not alone. Second, please do not despair.

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Performance Anxiety: Symptoms

Your heart pounds, palms sweat, muscles tighten, stomach flutters, knees wobble, hands shake, and voice cracks. Your hands and feet go cold as your breathing stops and mouth goes dry. Butterflies turn into nausea and diarrhea as your brain fogs … Continue reading

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How to Play Like an Artist: Micro Lessons

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How to Play Like an Artist: Connect with Your Audience

Always be friendly with your audience or anyone else you meet along the way. A genuine smile, a firm handshake, sincere eye contact, and a nod of recognition primes the environment to be open and accepting rather than closed and intimidating, … Continue reading

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How to Play Like an Artist: Play Something!

Music has the power to inspire joy or instill fear, create an air of mystery or anticipation, celebrate triumph or honor a fallen comrade. It has the power to make us want to march, dance, sing, laugh, or cry.

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How to Play Like an Artist: Articulations: Legato, Staccato, Portato

Incorporate the expressive potential of different Articulations (legato, staccato, portato) and take your playing to a whole new level of artistry…

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