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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000481.txt from 1995/01

From: David Gilman <dagilman@-----.EDU>
Subj: Re: Nerves
Date: Mon, 30 Jan 1995 12:33:30 -0500

>I am a high school senior about to audition for a music scholarship. I have
>had several auditions in my short career, but I have never been able to get
>over my nervousness. It really effects my playing, especially when I'm
>shaking so bad that I produce an unwanted and horrible vibrato sound!! This
>upcoming audition is the most important one I have ever done. Most of the
>people on this list are much more experienced than I am, so I was wondering
>if anyone could give me some advice on controlling my nerves. Also, I am
>playing Weber's Concertino. If anyone has any advice regarding that piece,
>it would be appreciated.
>Lori Grisham
Dear Lori,
I have some understanding of how you feel. I am doing a recital of
the _Concertino_ soon myself, and it is not easy. The biggest problem I
have with it is a tendency to rush after the slow movement. I suggest you
make sure you have tempos you're comfortable with and practice in front of a
sympathetic audience, as people have already suggested. Just take it easy,
and let it come out.
Also, my teacher tends to emphasize introductions, and the
introduction to this piece is one of the best. Make sure you really express
yourself here, because that will show the panel your artistry better than
any other section. It also makes a great first impression.
As far as the nervousness goes, the books people have mentioned are
really good. And one thing to keep in mind is that the judges want you to
do well. Otherwise, they would not take the time to audition you. It
means you have real talent.
I realize I'm dating myself with this next one, but I saw this on an
old episode of _The_Brady_Bunch_ years ago. Try imagining the panel in
their underwear. And who says there's no wisdom in trashy T.V.?!?
Good Luck!

David Gilman

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