Category Archives: Performance

Performance Anxiety: Super-Fast Relaxation Techniques

You cannot “try” to relax. You cannot command yourself to relax. Advertisements

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Performance Anxiety: The Inquisition

One of the most unsettling, but valuable, discoveries you will make on stage is that you will suddenly start asking yourself questions that you never asked, much less answered, during your study-practice sessions.

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Performance Anxiety: The Power of Positive Thinking

Welcome to a lesson in how to exploit our practical knowledge of working memory in order to help tame the stage fright beast.

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Performance Anxiety: The Problem with Don’t

The most absolutely worthless and destructive advice regarding anything unpleasant or undesirable is this: “Try not to think about it.”

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Performance Anxiety: Stream of Consciousness

To a larger extent than we care to admit, we do not have direct control over our thoughts. One thought triggers the next thought, which triggers the next, and so on and so on. One might go so far to say: … Continue reading

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Performance Anxiety: The Mind-Body Connection

Anyone who suffers from stage fright knows that anxiety is not just something you merely think in your brain. Anxiety is something you feel in your body.

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Performance Anxiety: Good Humor

One way to tame the stage fright monster is to laugh at it!

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Performance Anxiety: A Word about Beta Blockers

Before continuing our exploration of the many cognitive-behavioral antidotes to stage fright, I feel compelled to share my perspective on the use of Beta-Blockers… sometimes considered the “dirty little secret” of professional musicians.

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Performance Anxiety: The Hobgoblin of Perfection

Who would suggest that a mispronounced word or two or occasional hesitation ruins an otherwise articulate and eloquent speech?

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Performance Anxiety: A True Story

Before we get into the many practical cognitive-behavioral antidotes to stage fright, please indulge me as I share one of the best things that has ever happened to me…

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