I know that this is a classic problem, but it is really starting to aggravate and discourage me. I am having serious problems with getting nervous when playing in front of an audience.
My main symptoms are that my hands start to sweat badly. (Sometimes when I place my left hand on the fingerboard, the sweat makes it wet.) Also, my fingers on both my left hand and bow hand start shaking and it is extremely difficult for me to do shifts (making my playing out of tune) or to play musically (because my bow is shaking).
It is strange because I do not even think in my mind that I am nervous. The sweaty and shaky fingers seem to be reactions. I guess whenever I am aware of the fact that I will be performing, these reactions just occur.
While waiting until it is my turn to perform, I try my best to take deep breathes and calm down and spend time trying to wipe the sweat away from my hands, but it just does not work.
It is getting really frustrating and is starting to discourage me from playing the violin because since performing for other people is basically the point of violin, what is the point of me playing if I get scared of performing and can't perform pieces the way I want to?
Do any of you have any suggestions for helping me with this nervousness problem? I hear that experience will help it get better, but I kind of doubt it in my case. I think that I will get nervous reactions every single time I perform.
It frustrates me because some of my friends also tell me that they get nervous, but the nervousness does not seem to affect their playing to a vast degree at all (even if their performances aren't as good as when they practice, they can still play in tune and so on.) I feel very much alone.
Please give me some advice.
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