Anxiety in a test
I've been playing violin since I was 12/13, but I didn't have the best teacher, so I just learned some things wrong, didn't play so much concerts, I didn't learn to practice everyday and so forth(m not angry about it tho). Then now I am trying to fix some skills and I'm studying for a test in a music school.
So I ask you guys how do you perform under pressure? I'm asking because I don't feel good under pressure, I start doing things wrong and start shaking, so I fear not passing in this test :v
You will be nervous, that's an inescapable given. The best thing you can do is practise, breathe deep, and convince yourself you're "excited to play some music" and not "scared of rejection". Take it easy and you'll be fine. In the meantime, playing for family and friends is a good way to start building your resilience.
Playing for family and friends is good, like Cotton suggests. If you have other people in your life, other musicians, maybe a school teacher, people who aren't as close to you, playing for them also is good.
Can you set up a couple of fake tests? Grab a friend who's also taking it, a parent, ask your teacher to go through it with you - copy as much of the format as you can: wear the clothes you're going to wear, give yourself the same amount of warmup time that you'll have, wait in the hall, go into the room, have whoever you're playing for act as the proctor. Practice taking the test, similar to how you practice playing your pieces.
Totally agree with George Wells "Some anxiety is actually a good thing". If you had no nerves you would nto focus anything like as well. I can't say I've performed music live but i have done public speaking and I always find once you get going the nerves disappear and it just flows if you have put the practice in in the first place and know your stuff.
Thanks a lot guys, great answers. I'm gonna test myself more playing to my parents, great suggestion.
My scale of anxiety, nerves, stage fright looks like this;
"I think jazz is cool but it seems boring when it repeats and takes long to finish, idk."
Some very good advice in the above responses. But it's good to remember that nobody is perfect.
Thanks Joel, i'll take a loot at those ones.
Sometimes a little positive "self-talk" can go a long way. Here's a suggestion. Use it if it's helpful: