Hi, I am 17 years old and I have played the violin for about 18 months, I've only been having lessons for about a year and so I am a beginer. However, I have done a few solo performances on the violin. I really enjoy perfoming and have done so with piano, singing, drama and dance for many years. I have not had any lack of perfoming experience!!!! I do get quite nervous but usually this doesn't really affect my perfomance badly.
But....when I play the violin I start to shake. I am not afraid and I'm not insecure and I am well prepared and confidant but as soon as I get onto the stage, even if I am feeling compleately calm and confident my bowing arm starts to shake. And the problem is that when it shakes a little bit at the frog, it shakes alot at the tip!!!! I know lots of people say that the audience can't hear it when the bow shakes, but I am exteame - people deffinatly notice, it is quite obvious!!! This doesn't only happen infront of huge crowds on a big stage either - I shake even playing infront of my family and really close friends, even if I am not nervous.
I have found that if I practice infront of freinds and family alot just before a performance then it helps but only that once. Next time I have to do it all over again. This is causing me to not want to play infront of people and I'm sure it just makes me more worried when I think about it but I just can't help it.
Does anyone have any idears on how to control my shaking? I just want to be able to share my music with other people and to enjoy doing it without being worried about ruining it with my shaking bow!!!
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