Throughout my years of playing violin, I have had terrible stage fright. It is so bad that I can't even perform in front of one person or even a family member! I get the sweats, terrible shakes that can be heard in my violin, even an instance of circulation cut off in my fingers! I actually panic. I even forget what I am doing and it was embarrassing. This has robbed me of many opportunities. When people want me to perform, I openly avoid it. People even grew angry with me because of this. Many of them don't seem to understand. I figured I am a silent violinist and that classified myself as a group musician. Seems I do better in groups even duets! The only way I became solo was when I became a YouTube performer.
My question is what is the best thing to do to overcome severe stage fright? My stage fright is so severe that I can't perform directly in front of anyone, not even family!
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