Stage fright is an all too common feeling for musicians. The pressure of playing in front of a crowd can be nerve-wracking and daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! In this article, I will share the best way to overcome stage fright as well as provide tips on how you can overcome your fears.
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The main advice is rehearse the song so much that you don’t have to think about what you’re playing and then the second part is just do it you’re going to be uncomfortable it’s go you’re going to be nervous you’re going to have stage fright etc guess what just do it.
The more you do it first of all the more you rehearse so you don’t have to think about what you’re playing the more comfortable you’re going to feel the more comfortable you’re going to be.
The more you do it the smoother your performance will because you’ll be more comfortable with the song. The better prepared you are, the less likely a mishap is to occur due to nervousness or panic because when you memorize a song you no longer have to think.
The second part is the more you rehearse playing on stage, meaning the more you play on stage the less, you’re going to worry about it if you’re always going to have some level of butterflies or some level of anxiety in a good way before you get on stage that’s a good thing you could use that energy to create a better performance.
Those are the two things, rehearse way more than you need to and then just get up on stage and do it. Other than actually doing it and putting in the time in front of people messing up.
How do you know you’ve rehearsed enough?
Number 1 is to rehearse the songs enough to where you don’t have to think about it as you play them. How do you know you’ve rehearsed enough is that when you’re playing the song your mind starts to drift off somewhere else.
The 2nd part is ‘just do it’. It feels scary, it’s gonna feel scary just do it anyway. When you’re playing in front of your girlfriend, boyfriend, family members to get over stage fright it’s important that the output tone of voice is helpful. If you were terrified about performing for big crowds start with people who made feel comfortable and gradually work up to bigger groups!
Play for family actually scares me more. I hate playing in front of one or two people yeah, I would much rather play into a faceless crowd every time. I have my most vivid memories of messing up on stage is when I made eye contact with someone I knew but exactly every time.