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 RE: Stage fright
Author: Ginny 
Date:   1999-08-16 22:50

When I performed (I no longer do, it was never fun anyway) I ended up using betablockers for about two years. This got my body out of the habit of producing those nasty adrenaline rushes that turned my mind to mush. I could concentrate on the music and actually enjoyed playing in public. I found I was able to stop using betablockers after my habit of getting all wired up was broken.

I had been a participant in a study at Stanford U. on stage fright at one point, and I got the placebo. The medication on trial (I forgot the name) was not a betablocker, some of the group had to be pulled off it. People in the study included some of SF Opera's orchestra, SF and Oakland Symphonies and other pros. You're not alone anyway.

They taught us some meditation and other mental ways of dealing with the self critic. This succeeded only marginally at best.

Ginny


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