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 Re: One in Four Classical Musicians Use Beta Blockers
Author: johng 2017
Date:   2006-03-28 22:37

I appreciate Gregory Smith's approach to this question (Oh, and I also appreciate the great mouthpieces he makes!)

For me, the stress of an audition manifested itself not with missed notes or loss of technique but with a shaking lip. I started calling it my audition vibrato since it never seemed to happen in nature otherwise. There is a good ale made in Missoula, Montana called "Moose Drool Ale". It would be charitable to describe the sound I made as an imitation of a very sick, drooling moose.

Per Licourice's post I prepared thoroughly, I meditated, I focused, I played to the listeners, I played for myself, I imagined the listeners were not there (nude or otherwise), I ate bananas, I cared/didn't care, whatever. I tend to be very calm before such events anyway and show none of these problems warming up. It was just, bang, there it was.

I consulted my doctor and got a beta blocker prescription. The sick moose sound was gone....no shaking lip. I didn't feel mentally flat and with the new calmness and lack of worry about "audition vibrato", I was able to carry out my performance plan.

mmmm a little Moose Drool right now sounds pretty good.

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