Let's face it, getting on stage can be rather difficult, in any of the performing arts.
In particular, violinists and other classical musicians seem immersed in a culture of unobtainable perfection. For many musicians, striving for that perfection can cause us to avoid performing.
I really enjoyed Michael Kennedy's blog this week, its message being something like "get over yourself and just play for people"! The more practice you get performing, the better you will perform, and the better you'll feel about performing.
Nevertheless, we all want to perform well, and all those hours of practice can turn us into highly self-critical creatures. It's hard to turn off that "perfectionist" voice from the practice room in order to give what we have and enjoy performing.
Are you nagged by feeling that you are never ready, that your playing or your piece always needs improving? Does this cause you to avoid performing? Or do you simply get on stage and have fun, do your best? Please vote and then tell us your thoughts about this issue and how best to handle performing vs. perfection.
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