CGC 020 : Stage Fright

//CGC 020 : Stage Fright

CGC 020 : Stage Fright

Stage fright is a topic that we all know about and all have experience with. In this episode I give some clear and actionable points that can help you gain control and confidence on the stage. Also in this session we talk with a member of CGC about his first performance experience.

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  1. Linda Tsardakas January 26, 2016 at 8:56 am - Reply

    Excellent podcast (as always)! It is so true that the only way to practice performing is by doing it. No listeners means no nerves, even just one listener can spark stage fright. I’ve also taken part in the live performance meetings Simon offers and know those listening faces on the screen are a real audience. How true what John says – if you make little mistakes, just keep going. A former teacher of mine told me to remember there is always someone in the audience who will love your music and won’t notice a mistake if you do not point it out. That means, too, while you are playing. So if a mistake happens, just continue as if it were nothing. Sometimes easier said than done, but worth it.

    So thank you Simon for another interesting podcast. Thank you John, too, for sharing your experience with us.

    • Simon January 29, 2016 at 6:21 am - Reply

      Thanks, Linda. I really agree with you and believe that you just have to “go for it”. The rewards are far greater than the risks.

  2. James Huckson February 5, 2016 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    Another great podcast, Simon! Thanks so much for having John relate his experiences (I should look for him on this site and thank him profusely!). I can relate to much of what was said. Back in those earlier days, the only way was up, on some occasions. I think that for me in the last year i took a few more positive steps in performing, and i suppose it is simply a case of ‘just do it’. Certainly playing in duets and small ensembles in public, as opposed to only solo , helped me a lot.I am looking forward to more performance opportunities this year.

  3. Chris Garrington February 11, 2016 at 6:40 am - Reply

    I really enjoyed this podcast as it resonates so much. I have been playing a long time but seem to get more nervous the older I get. The physical hand shaking is horrible but I will persevere and as James says playing in duets is helpful as you don’t feel like all the attention is on you! I am playing at a workshop with my duet partner next month and am determined to try to be more relaxed and show that I can play well :-)

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