Your heart pounds, palms sweat, muscles tighten, stomach flutters, knees wobble, and voice cracks…
Your hands and feet go cold and start to shake.
Your breathing stops.
Your mouth goes dry.
Butterflies turn into nausea and diarrhea.
Your brain fogs and vision narrows and blurs.
And that’s not all.
Your arms, hands, and fingers feel disconnected from each other.
Your instrument feels like a stranger.
Disoriented, and in sensory overload, you are consumed by feelings of failure and incompetence.
Hijacked by forces beyond your control, all you can do is clench your teeth and go along for a horrific ride that feels like an eternity.
Embarrassed and humiliated, you want to curl into the fetal position and never play again.