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  • #4897

    Mariko
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    • Contribution Score 281

    Hi everybody, I was wondering if any of you have some tips to control your nerves while playing in front of people. My problem is that my hands shake… I’ve played clarinet before and when I played for others my fingers were shaking too, but it didn’t matter for the tone production. Now playing the violin, it does matter a lot, especially for my right hand. It’s very discouraging when I play for others and my bow starts to be all bouncy just because my hands shake from nerves. 🙁 What can I do about that?

    #4912

    Michael Sanchez
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    • Contribution Score 567

    The biggest thing is understanding that your violin is holding your bow for you, and you don’t have to put in extra effort in your performance to hold it. That is normally what is happening–the body naturally wants to have more security on items we are holding because we would hate to drop them. But this actually causes a negative effect as you are supposed to hold the bow lighter to get a good sound! You will avoid bow bounce when you holding the bow less and letting the violin hold the bow for you. Keep your violin level to help achieve this level of balance–if your instrument is leaning downwards you will have to hold the bow tighter which you won’t want.

    #4939

    Mariko
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    • Contribution Score 281

    Hi Michael, thanks for the tip! I’ll keep that in kind and hopefully it will help me to not shake too much when I’m nervous…

    #5762

    jodi
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    • Contribution Score 66

    i need that right now!- first performance in 27 years in about 6 hours! =O

    #5763

    Mariko
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    • Contribution Score 281

    GOOD LUCK Jodi!!! Hope your performance goes very well!
    Just take a deep breath and don’t look at the audience. Play for yourself and ENJOY it!!!

    #5764

    jodi
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    • Contribution Score 66

    aw thanx mariko! you’re right! i shouldn’t look at the audience! my parents and some friends r coming! =O

    #5767

    Mariko
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    • Contribution Score 281

    Cool Jodi!! So how did your performance go? Hope it went well! 😉 What piece did you play?

    #5772

    jodi
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    • Contribution Score 66

    it went well! my bow only started doing the william tell overture (the bouncy thing) once then i got myself under control! 😉 we played music for the royal fireworks by handel, this other one-three dances for king henry or something- i gave my copy to my stand partner-, banks of green willow by george butterworth, wand of youth by edward elgar. i’m so bummed about that three dances thing- i love that and i need a copy! it was an hour of music- oh and the london suite by eric coates. phew! all done. they want me to join them again in january….

    #5774

    Mariko
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    • Contribution Score 281

    YAAAY JODI, I’m so happy for you that it went well! Cool pieces too! And now you got invited to join in January! 🙂 Hopefully you get to join them many times more. Every time it will be easier, you’ll have less nerves and you’ll enjoy more.

    #5775

    jodi
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    • Contribution Score 66

    oh thank you mariko! yeah, i hope it will be easier every time cause this time when i got nervous my thoughts were “never again!” ahahahhaha. but, maaaaaybe. =)

    #5776

    Mariko
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    • Contribution Score 281

    Hi Jodi, I’m sure it well get easier every time 😉 Keep up the good work!!

    #5783

    StaticR
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    • Contribution Score 5

    Being calm when performing in front of people is a skill by itself, just like playing an instrument. You need to ‘practice’ it. Try to play for your family and friends regularly or maybe even ask strangers if you can play for them.

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