Good advice Bethany! The biggest enemy of the violin/fiddle player is tension that comes up unexpectedly during a performance. While in many things, it might make sense to “buckle down” and grab on for dear life–unfortunately this won’t work during a performance. Try to think of times where you were most relaxed playing the last couple of days. A lot of limiting tension is a mental thing and you have to convince your mind that tensing up doesn’t help. The more relaxed you are, the easily it will be to have a fluid bow stroke and ultimately play to the best of your ability.