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    silvergirl
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    As adult beginners it’s harder to find opportunities to play for people? I need to play for people in order to work on overcoming performance anxiety. I don’t want to wait until I am advanced. Who do you play for? Is it akward? Adults are uneasy watching other adults who are beginners. As a society we encourage children but to many learning an instrument in adulthood is frivolouos. What opportunities do you create for yourself to practice managing performance anxiety?

    #16666

    Marguerite Yates
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    Right now I play in front of my cat…..that is until he leaves the room 🙂 Otherwise, my husband…..not sure how he stands it ..but he does 🙂 I’ve always had performance anxiety when playing the guitar, I always wanted to play for people but was never comfortable and relaxed enough to do it. I had a bad habit of getting tense all over and never shook that habit after years and years of playing. That’s one of the reasons I took up violin because you have to be relaxed to play it correctly. So, I will approach the violin in the correct way and relax. Hopefully that habit will spill over to my guitar playing, if not, I still have the violin!

    #16685

    murakami sandy
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    sometimes we organising parties with my friends. like barbecues etc. i ask them what song they want to hear snd i study some of them.

    #16712

    dilawless54
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    I started out of course playing for my teacher and then he would record both of us so that added some intensity to the whole thing. Then I played for my horse when we were camping at a horse show (nobody was within earshot except some other horses). I graduated up to practicing for my dog who seems totally fine with it. Then the biggie, I played for my husband a few times and now have a jam session with a few close friends who are also beginners so we can all progress together. We recently had our first performance at a family BBQ and it was well received although all of us were a bucket of nerves we got through it. We enjoyed ourselves so much that we are planning a pot luck jamming party later this summer. Baby steps.

    #16713

    silvergirl
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    I love the part about playing for your horse!

    #16716

    dilawless54
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    I have a picture to prove it. I was playing a fiddle tune called Devils Dream. I don’t know how to attach it or I would.

    #16719

    silvergirl
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    I’d love to see it!

    #16720

    dilawless54
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    If I could figure out how to attach it I would. Any ideas?

    #16721

    Christie Morehouse
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    I practice alone, but sonetimes my husband tiptoes in to listen. I know he is there

    #17632

    Musicloverk
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    My dogs love when I practice! The other day I was listening to a video someone posted and my lab ran upstairs to be with me then looked confused when he saw I didn’t have my violin out!

    #17641

    Key88
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    In front of my weiner dog, if she doesn’t howl, I’m not sure if that is a good thing, maybe she wants to sing along. Oh and I’ve played that tune the devil’s dream

    #18665

    Musicloverk
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    When I was a kid we had a daschund who loved my dad’s piano playing. He would lay on dad’s left foot and howl along in tune, but only to the music of two composers that he apparently liked! I wish I remembered which composers it was but I don’t. I’m thinking one was Motzart but I’m not sure. My Labrador now sometimes sings to my violin playing but not to piano although he loves when I play piano. He always wants to come inside to be close by if he hears me playing. Sometimes he even squeezes under the piano bench, which is a very tight fit.

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