How to calm nerves?
Does anyone here have any helpful tips to calm nerves in light of my violin exam tomorrow? Thank you.
Take deep breaths before you go in. Do a solid warm-up with your pianist, if you have one.
Visualise your exam going really well, and how you'll feel afterwards.
My way was to have a heart attack and be put on beta-blockers, lol!
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I think a really helpful tip is to remember that every other person who auditions feels roughly the same way. You're all on the same playing field. What you see when others audition is never their best. So don't expect yourself to play 100% in a high pressure situation; just prepare so that your 80% is still good enough.
Don’t take beta-blockers.
There are two types of performance "nerves". The first one, the one you don't want, is the one Roman addressed in his post. The remedy is obvious.
Roman Reshetkin, being nervous isnt necessarily about how well prepared one is. One could not accuse Steven Isserlis, for instance, of not being prepared or of not being a fine musician. I think that this is a far more complicated topic than mere dismissive and unempathetic statement made by someone who does not suffer from it.
I had a glass of wine before my first orchestra concert in 38 years and it helped a TON. But I'm not really recommending that in this instance. ;-)
My not-helpful comment; I am just a Mariachi fiddler, so nerves are never a problem, and pressure is non-existent. We leave our cases in the car, tune in the parking lot, and vocal warm-up is a shot of tecquila. :-) ~jq
"Advice from a famous Russian violinist comes to mind: ‘You are only nervous when you are not ready’"
Camilla, good luck with your violin exam today! I hope it has gone well.
thank you! My exam is in about an hour, i'm feeling rather excited, oddly enough!
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