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Stage Fright Tips

Overcoming Performance Anxiety

 

Overcome performance anxiety with stage fright tips!

Do your nerves get the best of you when you play piano?



Stage fright can range from a few butterflies in your stomach to a full-on anxiety attack -- and everything in between.

No matter what level of severity you struggle with, stage fright keeps you from playing your very best.

On my main stage fright page, I talk about what I think the root cause of performance anxiety is, and how to start overcoming stage fright. It's a process, of course -- it takes time!

In the meantime, here's where I'll share some tips and techniques to help you through performing.


My Top 5 Stage Fright Tips


#1: Be Prepared.

There's no two ways about it: the less prepared you feel, the more nervous you'll be. Not enough practice = anxiety.

I'll be honest for a moment. Left to my own devices, I'll procrastinate. Like many people, my days are often "the tyranny of the urgent." In college, this became obvious when I'd wait too long to begin the in-depth practicing needed for a performance. And boy, did I feel it!

So the first, and most important, of my stage fright tips is to really prepare. Know your songs inside and out. Listen to recordings. Learn about the composer. Immerse yourself in knowledge.



Breathe Spa


#2: Breathe Deeply.

You've heard it before, I'm sure. But have you actually tried it?

Long, slow, deep breathing is a physical signal to your body to stop the adrenaline flow. You're literally giving your body instructions to calm down!

One or two deep breaths isn't enough. You need to take 5 to 10 minutes and breathe in and out slowly and deeply. Some people find counting helpful. I definitely close my eyes and tune out the world.

As you breathe, focus on breathing in calmness and peacefulness, and visualize the stress and anxiety leaving your body as you exhale.


#3: Have a banana.

Some musicians call it a myth, others swear it works!

The idea is that a banana's potassium, along with other nutrients, acts as natural stress relief. Having something nutritious and slightly filling can also be comforting to an anxious stomach.

Try eating a banana about 30 minutes before a performance.



#4: Stretch.

Stress not only makes your heart beat fast and your mouth dry. Anxiety also lives in tight muscles and clenched jaws! In fact, stage fright affects your whole body.

I hold anxiety in my shoulders and neck. It's always an obvious sign to me, sometimes even before I realize I'm stressed!

Simple stretching can relieve your physical tension. Try stretching along with deep breathing.



#5: Do something else.

I've read articles about pop stars and classical virtuosos who experience stage fright, and have before-performance rituals to help stay calm and relaxed.

Whatever you love to do that relaxes you, do it before you perform! Some ideas to try:

  • Listening to your favorite music on headphones
  • Reading
  • Playing video or cell phone games
  • Taking a walk
  • Having a cup of tea

So, before you perform, you're spending time doing things you love. Instead of pacing and worrying!

YOUR Stage Fright Tips

How did YOU overcome stage fright?

Share your tips on how to overcome stage fright and help others battling performance anxiety!

When you submit your story, you get your own page on my site. You can send others here, get comments, and interact with people!

Stage fright is the most common concern - by far - that my site visitors email me about. Please share what has helped you!

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