Play Violin For Your Friends

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Subject: Violin » Classical Violin
Last updated: 27/03/2017
Tags: anxiety, performance

When I was a child, at the beginning of my violinist 'career', my mom would always ask me to play for the guests we had. At the beginning, when I was about 7-8, I was really enjoying showing off my talent.

However, after a few years, I was dreading it, even hiding sometimes so that my mum wouldn't ask me to play for the guests. It was like my mum was parading me like a trophy, and it was for her showing off. Of course, that was my feeling and what I was thinking.

When I grew older I actually started looking for more opportunities to perform, and to get over those performance nerves.

I realised then, that the dread that I was feeling when my mum was asking me to play for friends, was because I was nervous, so that's why I blamed my mum for the feelings I had.

I then talked to my mother and asked her to organise a mini concert at home for some friends, I was the most nervous I had ever been. I didn't play very well, because I was so nervous, but I learned that playing for the people that I knew best was the hardest thing to do.

So I started doing that every once in a while, and I became more used to my performance anxiety, learning how to deal with it, also because of getting feedback from my friends and family, which was the best feedback I had ever gotten.

So, I guess, what I am trying to say, is go and play for your friends, learn to enjoy it, or if you already do, do it even more! And if you are a mum or a dad, never stop asking your child to play for the friends, and tell them why it is good for them!

Good luck!

Joanna Forna Classical Violin Teacher (North London)

About The Author

FIRST LESSSON FREE! My name is Ioana and I have been living in London for 7 years. I came to London to study music.
Another reason for coming to London was the amazing diverse culture and people from all around the world, I knew I would fit in!

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