Any musician will tell you that performing isn’t easy. Whether it’s your first time, or hundredth time, pre-show can usually be accompanied by a swarm of butterflies in your stomach, and an unhealthy dose of overthinking. But, performing doesn’t have to be all that scary. Here are some helpful guidelines to make sure you’re calm and collected during your next gig.
REALIZE YOUR SELF-WORTH.
Sometimes, mistakes are made. A wrong note is played, words are forgotten, your guitar string breaks―and like any human being, that mistake consumes our thoughts until we turn ourselves into a big pile of mush. It’s important to realize that one mistake, or one bad show, does not determine your talent, your skills, or your self-worth. Instead, use your mistake as a lesson, and motivation to make your next performance even better. Remember, failure is a part of success.
Tip: If you do make a mistake, don’t let it show. If you continue on as if nothing went wrong, the audience most likely won’t even know that you made an error.
STOP THINKING, JUST DO.
A lot of mistakes that happen on stage come from overthinking. Disaster is rehearsed, and thoughts automatically drift to the absolute worst scenario. Instead of thinking about that one chord that trips you up during practice, get out there and just do it. Odds are, you’ll nail it when you’re not thinking about screwing it up!
IT’S ABOUT THE MUSIC, NOT YOU.
If you can’t shake the nerves, remember that the audience is here to receive the message that you’re portraying through your music. Think of the audience focusing more on WHAT you’re performing, not YOU performing. Focus on the notes, and music that you’re giving to the audience.
Although rehearsal with your band, or rehearsal in your room by yourself is essential, practicing performing for other people is just as important. Whether it’s a family member, or a couple of close friends, practicing performance will get you even more prepared for what’s to come, and in turn will calm your anxiety for the real thing.
DON'T LET STAGE FRIGHT STOP YOU FROM PERFORMING
If you love to play an instrument, sing, or be a musician in any way, don't let the fear of performing stop you from taking part in opportunities. It's important to go out of your comfort zone, and take a leap into the unknown. No one ever gets good at anything by avoiding it, and not working at it. Like anything, it’ll get easier the more you do it, and eventually you’ll be able to go onstage with minimal nerves, if you have any nerves at all.