January 27, 2008 at 5:38 PMI hate public speaking. I mean hate with a capital everything. Yet, my job requires me to give presentations every other day.
Two weeks ago, and my teacher told me she will have a Spring Recital and she really would like me to play. I started to panic, instantly. I was still working on twinkle and song of the wind, and the thought of myself playing those songs on stage just frightens me. I know I should be proud, hey, I'm a beginner, no one would expect me to be playing Paganini! But on the other hand, I'm very embarrassed about it. The bottom line was that I didn't want to do it.
This week, my teacher brought the flyer, the recital is in April. She seriously consider that I give it a try. She said she and I will work on picking a piece that will be a bit challenging but I will enjoy playing. I think the pieces she gave me for the past two weeks has been challenging, the Suzuki is alot, i mean ALOT easier. Maybe playing the piano does help afterall.
Should I play with piano accompaniment or violin duet with my teacher? Are there any pieces you can recommend? I posted a question but never made it on air. I'm working on a piece call Papini themes and variations.
Although, I really don't think anyone will embarrass you.
I am not going to lie. I started at 14, and when I gave my first recital, I heard people whispering, "I bet she's going to be good," based on the fact that I was 15 and they had expected me to have been playing since I was like 2.
But seriously, audiences are always expectant during a concert; you can't stop the basic human nature to imagine and set standards, so why not do the recital? I am sure your audience will already know that this is a beginning recital and they will support you all the way.
And as you progress, you can learn how to perform at every stage level. It's so great to look back and say,"When I was in suzuki book 1, I had this recital...or when I was in Suzuki bk 4 I had this recital and...so on."
You'll steadily see yourself progress not only as a player, but as a performer. And you'll know how to deal with audiences in every mood, every level.
Its a beautiful experience, so please take it on!
I also have to give presentations at work. While I do not memorize those presentations, because it would sound bad, I have found over the years that memorizing the first sentence that I will say gives me a smooth start, and helps me get over the initial and intense nervousness.
I found the same thing worked with the violin recital. I practiced the sniff ( for the accompianist) and the first few notes a whole lot the evening before and morning of the recital. It really paid off. I got off to a great start, and I didn't shake nearly as badly as I had during rehearsal.
I definitely recommend doing a rehearsal the day before.
Best of luck to you. I have found much joy in taking Suzuki violin with my daughter, and I hope you do too.
The talent that visits this board can be, to say the least, extroadinarily intimidating to those of us that have taken up this instrument late in life.
I can understand taking an interest in a young person that is learning. But to give constant encouragement and expertice to us older folks says volumes to the caliber of individuals associated with these instruments, and that visit this board.
It reinforces my decision to play this remarkable instrument.
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