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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From the Archive: the difficulties of playing in tune

2022-09-13T15:45:00+01:00

The Strad writer E. Polonaski bemoans the number of string players with suspect intonation in our March 1893 issue

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How to deal with the pressures of performance: Alexandra Gorski

2022-09-08T11:09:00+01:00

Understanding how performance nerves manifest in yourself is the key to feeling comfortable on stage, writes the violinist

Bow Shakes and Cold and Sweaty Hands

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8 tips for good muscular health as a performer

2022-12-02T12:41:00+00:00

Looking after your body is the key to meeting the physical demands of a busy performance lifestyle, writes violinist Davina Clarke

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Conquering performance nerves: how do I banish sweaty hands and nausea?

2022-09-08T07:31:00+01:00

Brian Hodges and Diana Allan answer student questions on coping with stage fright

Stage Presence

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‘It hypes you up in the wrong way’: violinists on what not to do before a performance

2022-03-30T10:28:00+01:00

Violinists Tasmin Little and Jennifer Pike share strategies on how to keep composure before a performance

Anxiety

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Conquering performance nerves: how do I banish sweaty hands and nausea?

2022-09-08T07:31:00+01:00

Brian Hodges and Diana Allan answer student questions on coping with stage fright

Mindfulness

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6 holistic warm-ups for violinists

2023-01-06T09:53:00+00:00

Violinist Jane Gordon explores thoughts and ideas behind warm-ups using the Alexander Technique

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Blue Sky Teaching: Using creative approaches to refine students’ technique

2022-11-24T11:09:00+00:00

In our June 2019 issue, Judith Kogan spoke with three string teachers, all based in North America and whose unique ideas are achieving significant results

Negative thoughts

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Release the Fear Monster: how to conquer performance anxiety and perform at your best

2022-09-07T08:32:00+01:00

Brian Hodges and Diana Allan discuss the origins of stage fright and offer guidance on how to combat fear during performance