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 Re: One in Four Classical Musicians Use Beta Blockers
Author: J. J. 
Date:   2006-03-24 22:40

After years of resisting them, I began using beta blockers last year. The thing that finally pushed me over the edge was a squeak in performance that occured right before a section I was worried about. I knew immediately that the only reason it happened was because I was so concerned with making a mistake. This forced me to consider my nerves in general, and I realized that often I was more worried about making a mistake than enjoying performing.

Furthermore, I began to question why it was that I made so many "stupid mistakes" in performance. Even when I wasn't uncontrolably nervous, I had a tendency to allow inconsistencies and uncharacteristic mistakes into my playing.

I began using beta blockers sparingly, and I am happy to say that my consistency as a performer has improved tremendously. I no longer am so concerned with playing correctly that I don't enjoy the moment. The level of playing has really improved, and I've enjoyed success (relatively speaking) in performances and auditions. I now feel as if I may be at the point that I don't need them.

To me, the main difference is not that they have eliminated nervousness. I'm always nervous for performances. But they have allowed me to focus more and bring me closer to a state of playing that is comparable to the practice room or for a very comfortable audience. For me, this is the ideal balance that I seek.

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