Amanda Lezuch • Feb 16, 2019 Title is pretty self explanatory. I'm just curious and what better place to ask. Comments [user=28742948]LeptuneX[/user] Calm, if I'm nervous, I'll freak out and completely forget what note comes next. [user=27849996]Amanda Lezuch[/user] [user=LeptuneX]LeptuneX[/user] Same here, I learned that deep breaths work, and if you have a very powerful mind imagine if you had one chance to play by yourself, nobody there, keeps you calm, but still able play better than a regular practice session. [user=28742948]LeptuneX[/user] [user=Amanda Lezuch]Amanda Lezuch[/user] I usually try to convince myself not to care that people are watching me, and (try to) play from my heart. Just let yourself loose, relax and play to your heart's content. [user=27849996]Amanda Lezuch[/user] [user=LeptuneX]LeptuneX[/user] I can't say it's less effective than being nervous. [user=17708316]Rebecca Y[/user] [user=Amanda Lezuch]Amanda Lezuch[/user] gaaaaaaaaaah deep breaths... I did that during my last piano exam and my breaths were [i]shaky [/i]which [i]really didn't help [/i]cause I basically broadcasted to my 2 intimidating adjudicators in the exam room how nervous I was...which made me [i]more [/i]nervous ._. [user=27849996]Amanda Lezuch[/user] [user=Rebecca Y]Rebecca Y[/user] RIP [user=26611236]♪𝔔𝔲𝔞𝔳𝔢𝔯 ℭ𝔯𝔞𝔣𝔱𝔢𝔯♪[/user] [user=28742948]LeptuneX[/user] One negligible mistake causes many more serious mistakes. [user=28742948]LeptuneX[/user] [user=♪𝔔𝔲𝔞𝔳𝔢𝔯 ℭ𝔯𝔞𝔣𝔱𝔢𝔯♪]♪𝔔𝔲𝔞𝔳𝔢𝔯 ℭ𝔯𝔞𝔣𝔱𝔢𝔯♪[/user] I know, that's why the whole song would completely stop... or continue terribly. [user=4441236]VGA[/user] calm calm caaaalm i have anxiety so like. it has to be calm or else [user=27849996]Amanda Lezuch[/user] [user=VGA]VGA[/user] Ummmm, kava root? Idk just pulling ideas outta my head. [user=23903191]Jaybird1[/user] Calm definitely. I can play calmly though in front of my freinds. Sometimes random people come watch me play, and I’m pretty chill with that. Usually I’ll get nervous if I’m being judged or graded. Or if I’m trying to play a certain hard song. If I’m just playing and feeling chill about a song, I’m good to play that song wherever. [user=25688336]Dawson Packer[/user] My problem is that I seem to play best without anyone else around. I still can play well calm, but being alone really works for me. [user=28742948]LeptuneX[/user] [user=Dawson Packer]Dawson Packer[/user] Same. When someone else is around, I sometimes feel like they're judging how I play, so I have to make sure I don't mess up, so I [i]do[/i] mess up. Sometimes, it's their presence alone that distracts me. [user=27849996]Amanda Lezuch[/user] [user=Dawson Packer]Dawson Packer[/user] Same here. [user=30037567]I am violaperson ruler of violas and rhinos[/user] I don't really know, probably calm [user=19991161]Astronix2[/user] I have to be ultra-focused but whether i'm calm or nervous doesn't matter much [user=28116188]The musical rattlesnake[/user] [user=19991161]Astronix2[/user] Same here... [user=27849996]Amanda Lezuch[/user] [user=Astronix2]Astronix2[/user] being nervous for me affects my focus though [user=17708316]Rebecca Y[/user] gah [i][b]calm.[/b][/i] Which never happens (unfortunately) My stage fright is so bad that my mouth will go completely dry, and my hands will get really cold, clammy, and tense (which is not great when I'm playing piano -_-). And my heart just starts racing. Basically it's nearly impossible for me to perform in front of an audience without stumbling and/or rushing. Sometimes I can manage to zone out or numb out onstage so I don't have to feel the sheer intensity of my horrible stage fright and the fact that I'm sitting at a piano on a stage in front of people who are probably judging me ([i]shudder[/i]), but the problem with THAT is that sometimes if I zone back in, I don't know where I am in the piece and my mind will just [i]blank[/i]. And believe it or not I've actually blanked out completely during a piano exam before - for a few seconds I literally couldn't decide if what just happened was real, but eventually reality sank in, I freaked out and couldn't even remember [i]where [/i]I'd blanked out, and the examiner had to show me the music ([i]shudder...idk how I even passed that thing[/i]). But if I don't zone out I won't be able to stop thinking about [i]what if I screw up [/i]and I won't be able to stop shaking and messing up [i]everything. [/i] Basically I've come to the conclusion that I just can't perform onstage xD. Usually if the piece is really easy for me or if I'm performing with a group it's better than if I play a difficult piece by myself, but I'm gonna have to admit I've been that one person who caused a whole group to speed up during a performance because of my rushing. I have never met anyone with worse stage fright than me. Or seen anyone of my level of piano playing make any mistakes as bad as the ones I make. Gah xD [user=27849996]Amanda Lezuch[/user] [user=Rebecca Y]Rebecca Y[/user] Geez that's one of the worst cases I've seen... If not the worst case. Have you found anything to help? When I was younger I was given kava root to safely calm my behavior, I didn't have any mental disorders, I was just inappropriately hyper, anxious, (or maybe both). It gave a big improvement but I've grown out of that now. Maybe it could be safe and effective for you too as it has been studied and it has significantly improved anxiety. The only dangers present are liver problems like most medicines, which shouldn't concern you very much as long as you take it when you feel it's right. If you decide to try it you can get it at an herbal or possibly vitamin store and keep the dose below 250mg. I respect though if you don't want to take any medications for that, and I can see why. I [b]do not[/b] recommend doing though for a big concert or exam or something like that though as I am not completely sure how it'll affect your playing. I do not believe that will be significant enough either way to hurt. I took this as a child and it did not affect my schooling negatively and there was unnoticeable harm to me. I hope you can get out of that problem without medicating though and I wish you the best. [user=27849996]Amanda Lezuch[/user] [user=Rebecca Y]Rebecca Y[/user] Looking back on this, I have a bad case of rambling. [user=17708316]Rebecca Y[/user] [user=Amanda Lezuch]Amanda Lezuch[/user] Lol :P [user=27026288]﷽ZackTheWaffleMan﷽[/user] I play music best when I'm happy/excited. If I'm just bouncing on my feet before a performance, then I subconsciously know that nothing can go wrong. (this doesn't really work when I'm playing art music with the whole wind ensemble, since, as a percussionist, I hardly do anything the whole time, and it's hard to be hyped for that) [user=27849996]Amanda Lezuch[/user] [user=﷽ZackTheWaffleMan﷽]﷽ZackTheWaffleMan﷽[/user] OMG WE BOTH THINK THE SAME ABOUT THAT, AND EVEN BETTER?! WE BOTH ARE PERCUSSIONISTS!!! sorry I'm always too hype. [user=29266293]CrazyClique[/user] I’ll be honest, both. Whether I’m nervous or excited I still play it somewhat right. It’s weird [user=27849996]Amanda Lezuch[/user] [user=Artsy musician 14]Artsy musician 14[/user] So you play better nervous, yes? [user=7532366]~Lizzapie~[/user] I play better calm, which doesn’t happen very often. I also do better in front of a small audience or in an orchestral solo. [user=27849996]Amanda Lezuch[/user] [user=~Lizzapie~]~Lizzapie~[/user] RIP for me, I do better playing by myself, in front of an audience or not. [user=30733176]《 Half Step 》[/user] Nervous. When I'm calm, or when I'm practicing I often don't really care so I just go off doing my own thing and being weird lol. I get distrayed when playing and i hear a cerrands chord that reminds me of another song amd i uust go into it and start playing that. No matter what, heart and soul sometimes just ends ip in my practice time.... idk why cuz i hate the song but its just fun to play so thats what happend when im calm.... When I'm nervous I'm all shaky and stuff but I go up there and I just out my nerves into the song and it just adds more oomph to it, I guess. [user=27849996]Amanda Lezuch[/user] [user=《 Half Step 》]《 Half Step 》[/user] I can see what you mean. I was awaiting someone who would play better nervous who would give a good description. [user=25942481]PSYCHONINJABLIZZARD[/user] Nervous. It has been scientifically proven that being nervous enhances your body temporarily. [user=27849996]Amanda Lezuch[/user] [user=PSYCHONINJABLIZZARD]PSYCHONINJABLIZZARD[/user] Well then I guess I'm weird. I play way better when I'm calm because being nervous is very distracting and hurts my ability to use technique to my best advantage because, as a percussionist, you're muscles tense up a little and your arms shake more when you're blood pressure is high. This really hurts, especially with dynamics, how good you'll sound. [user=29266293]CrazyClique[/user] [user=PSYCHONINJABLIZZARD]PSYCHONINJABLIZZARD[/user] Yep, it does for me sometimes. [user=7532366]~Lizzapie~[/user] [user=25942481]PSYCHONINJABLIZZARD[/user] That’s true! Being nervous makes us run on adrenaline. Sometimes, if we’re prepared enough, it’ll help us perform/play better. Your comment Only members of a group can post to group discussions, so Join Do you play [music] better nervous or calm?