Well, my first recital is in December, a Christmas recital. I'm excited.
There is something I haven't thought about much; performing in front of a crowd. It hit me the other day when I was at my lesson. Its just me and my teacher during my lesson. But during the lesson, the cello teacher happened to walk in the room. He walked in to get something, but he stopped and stood in front of me while I was playing. Suddenly, I felt so nervous. I had no reason to be nervous at all. I was playing one of my exercises that I had played a few times before. My bow started to wobble due to the instant nervousness I started feeling just because he stopped to observe my playing. I don't think he noticed. In fact he complimented my playing. But I was surprised how much nervousness overcame me all because one person stopped to observe me.
After my lesson, I began to think if one person made me nervous, how will I respond to a room full of people! I've played in bands before, but that was way different. I was a French hornist playing with a hundred other people. This time around, I'm a student violinist playing solo to a room full of people.
How I do practice for something like this? I don't have a room full of people at my disposal to practice calming my nerves. Playing for a few friends is not the same as playing for strangers. I don't know how to practice performing for strangers, when I've never done it before and when the opportunity to do so never happens.
Any advice please? I'll consider all suggestions no matter how strange it might be. I've even considered going to the park and playing under a tree to get used to strangers being around.
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