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    dilawless54
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    I find it hard to play for people but am trying to get over it by playing for my husband and friends occasionally. I have found that my practice can be flawless but the minute I try to play for someone it all goes out the window and I get so nervous that I mess up. So that makes me even more reluctant to play for people. Do you have any suggestions for making it easier to get past the nervousness??

    #16214

    murakami sandy
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    i m training with a friend who is playing piano once in a while. it help me get rid of the fear of playing in front of others

    #16218

    HDuaneaz
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    I haven’t had a problem playing for others because I am so concentrated on what I am doing, I believe I kind of forget about the audience.

    #16326

    Christie Morehouse
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    I wish I could play in front of others. Not much chance to do it. Maybe my husband will be an audience tomorrow?

    #16405

    boom34
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    I have problems even playing for my teacher…! I wish I could sound at the class like I sound practicing alone… 🙁

    #18311

    Musicloverk
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    Yes. I want to have my intonation back more like it used to be! I’m working on it.

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    #18330

    dilawless54
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    I am still working on playing in front of others. I figure if i can keep at it I might get better. Also like HDuaneaz said above I might try concentrating on what I am doing so I can forget there are people listening.

    #18403

    MaryKateW
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    I’m terrified of playing in front of others. I’m hoping that will get better as I improve.

    #18407

    dilawless54
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    I know I was too when I first started but as I play more in front of people it gets easier. Keep at it.

    #18428

    Musicloverk
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    I really prefer to enjoy playing by myself but hope to be able to again enjoy playing with others. Not sure I ever want to do solo performance, even casual, but with no pressure one never knows what might happen.

    #18577

    tinge
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    It’s hard to practice where the thought of someone hearing me practice discourages me.

    #18621

    Musicloverk
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    When I was a kid my siblings were allowed to tease me without consequences from my parents when I practiced. I think that contributed to my bashfulness about performing and perfectionism. As I regain my skills hopefully I’ll be able to relax and enjoy playing for others. Also, being able to choose and play music that I like helps.

    #18713

    RandomAly
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    Yeaaah. I’m not sure how to not feel funny about playing in front of others, either. I’ll be excited one moment and then won’t bow right anymore because I’m nervous. XD My audience has been my camera and my husband so far. lol

    #19112

    Musicloverk
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    Performance mentality is very destructive for me because it involves trying to be good enough to earn approval or accolades. I love violin music and am trying to learn to enjoy the process of learning and improving and enjoy the sounds that I am producing with my playing. I’m still way too critical of myself but am starting to learn to relax and take off the pressure. Once I can enjoy playing for myself more, then maybe I will be able to play for others and accept imperfections as opportunities to learn more, not reject myself and my efforts.

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