Before you refer me to other threads though, here is a disclaimer: I'm not looking for advice on general nervous issues...I have a more specific question:
I can handle nerves well enough in the time leading up to an audition/performance, but it seems like the instant I get on stage and put the violin on my shoulder and the bow on the string, the nervous intensity comes in a wave. This, as you can imagine, is not helpful.
So, I guess I'm looking for some advice on what to do to combat the nerves when I'm "out there", as it were; when I'm standing in front of audience/judges and preparing to play within the next 5 seconds.
Also, sometimes I find myself becoming more nervous as the performance goes along, thoughts on that are welcome too.
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