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 Re: One in Four Classical Musicians Use Beta Blockers
Author: EEBaum 
Date:   2006-03-25 22:59

I've found my calm on stage through ideological realizations, and a change of personal philosophy. Not food, not drugs, not imagining people in their underwear, not breathing, not meditation.

After thinking long and hard about the state of classical music today, and how I experience concerts as an audience member, I realized that what bothers me the most as a listener is a performer who lets errors throw them off, who gets upset at a lack of technical precision, and who has other concerns that trump the musicmaking experience. Technical imprecision, to me, is a secondary concern.

Yes, a performance with screwy missed notes will bother me. I'm a musician. But what bothers me more is seeing a performer beat themselves up and degrade the rest of their performance over said missed notes.

Once I came to peace with that, I (almost overnight) no longer had any problems performing in front of people. Only when I start thinking "it's important that I play this perfect" or "this is a really important performance. I'll show those audience members I have some chops!" rather than "hey, let's play some music" do my nerves return.

-Alex
www.mostlydifferent.com

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