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Monday, February 19, 2018

#MusicMonday – Overcoming Stage Fright

Music is meant to be performed. But what do you do when you have stage fright. I like to play music for myself but sometimes have an urge to share, but I have terrible stage fright. So what to do. One of the easiest ways to share the music is to play in a band. The New Horizons Band at the MSU community music school allows me to practice music for myself and also to perform in a group with support from all of my fellow musicians. But I like to play some music that is different from the band. Some music just wouldn’t work for a band or orchestra. I still play for myself. I even sometimes record myself (see an example here) to see how I sound from in front of the instrument – it is recorded in an old timey format to match the old timey music. It can be quite different when you hear yourself perform for yourself. But it is different than sharing music with an audience. What I have found to be the best cure to stage fright is to simply practice to overcome stage fright like you would practice an instrument. That means going out and playing music. It doesn’t have to be on a stage in front of a large audience. In the summer, I like to play on my front porch for the neighbors as they walk around the neighborhood. During the winter, I occasionally play in the Wild Birds Unlimited store. I am going to try to practice overcoming my stage fright for the next few weeks on Saturday mornings around 10am at the East Lansing store on my tiny stage. In the band I play saxophone but for these tiny stage performances, I’ll bring my travel banjo. I hope to see you there.
Wildwood Flower: https://youtu.be/VwibHSyWhlE

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