How to Deal With Stage Fright

Understand Stage Fright and Gain Control Over It

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Tadas Mikuckis

Getting A Hold on Stage Nerves

Stage fright is a challenge for musicians of all skill-levels. Beginners and professionals alike must cope with on-stage nervousness that can range from simple “butterflies” to a paralyzing fear.

For most musicians, performance anxiety never actually goes away; it’s dealt with. The more you understand the thought patterns that accompany performance anxiety, the more measures you can take to control them.

  • Minimizing the Physical Symptoms of Stage Fright
    Not all musicians enjoy the “rush” of performing. Shaky hands, clumsy feet, and a rapid heart rate can jeopardize confidence and performance. But remember that anxiety is normal, and it’s better to accept it rather than fight it. Let your body ease through the feelings so that they don’t sneak up on you – try the following techniques to calm your nerves before a performance.
  • Overcoming a Mistake During a Performance
    Stage fright manifests itself in different ways. For serious sufferers, it can create a mental block and make concentration nearly impossible. People with this kind of stage fright tend to fear the lack of control that goes along with it more than the possibility of actually making a mistake – one slip up can create a snowball effect of blunders. Therefore, it’s good to know how to cope with a musical mistake when it happens so it doesn’t hurl you into panic mode.
  • I Play So Well At Home, Why Does That Change On Stage?
    Whether we’re driving, socializing, or performing on stage, if we’re comfortable and at ease our actions flow naturally. But when we feel pressure or that we might be criticized – which can be a threat to our self-image or musical reputation – we begin to operate on a different level of consciousness. We become too aware, and that natural flow is disrupted.

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