Performance Nerves

Do you feel nervous about performing? Don’t worry, you’re not alone! Here are some helpful strategies to help you keep your cool, from keeping those stomach butterflies and bow shakes under control, to developing a commanding stage presence:

Latest Performance Nerves

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How can I help to conquer performance nerves by warming up my stiff, cold hands?

2022-06-01T07:51:00+01:00

Brian Hodges and Diana Allan share their tips on coping with stage fright

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Maja Horvat: performing under pressure

2022-05-31T11:42:00+01:00

Ruth Hallows speaks to violinist Maja Horvat, who shares her experiences of pre-performance nerves and how the pandemic has had an effect on staying calm

Bow Shakes and Cold and Sweaty Hands

Violinist hand

How can I help to conquer performance nerves by warming up my stiff, cold hands?

2022-06-01T07:51:00+01:00

Brian Hodges and Diana Allan share their tips on coping with stage fright

Maja Horvat Olivia da Costa

Maja Horvat: performing under pressure

2022-05-31T11:42:00+01:00

Ruth Hallows speaks to violinist Maja Horvat, who shares her experiences of pre-performance nerves and how the pandemic has had an effect on staying calm

Stage Presence

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Performance anxiety: Fighting stage demons

2021-11-18T16:08:00+00:00

How often has a potential performance of a lifetime turned into a performance from hell? Are you suffering from from stage fright? Laurinel Owen gives advice overcoming this common affliction, from the December 1996 issue

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The Power of a Performance Psychologist

2022-01-14T10:50:00+00:00

What can musicians learn from sports and ballet psychology? Violinist Emma Baird speaks to performance psychologist Britt Tajet-Foxell, with further accounts from cellist Matthew Barley and violinist Ksenia Berezina

Mindfulness

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‘When I am in tune, my body knows it’: playing with multisensory aphantasia

2022-05-10T09:45:00+01:00

How do you tell a story with music when your mind cannot picture images? Violist and clinical telehealth therapist Neesa Sunar explains her tactile approach to music making

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The Strad Podcast Episode #26: Alun Thomas on Alexander Technique

2021-12-23T09:30:00+00:00

’We need to find a way of getting out of our own way, to stop the things that we don’t need’

Negative thoughts

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Opinion: The Wisdom of Yoda

2022-05-04T08:40:00+01:00

In the Star Wars universe, Jedi Master Yoda is the ultimate teacher – and his insights can be applied just as readily to string playing as to learning the ways of the Force, writes cellist Brian Hodges