Some tips include: 1. Keep moving, 2. Be prepared and stay in shape, 3. Warm up slowly and thoroughly, 4. Examine your technique, 5. Take more breaks, 6. Adjust your equipment to fit your needs, 7. Stop when you are tired or if you feel pain.
Here’s the intro paragraph.
Playing a musical instrument is an amazing endeavour. But every time we pick up our instruments we are challenged on many levels. Everyone who plays or teaches knows that the demands of playing include precision, coordination, fluency, speed and skill. But it doesn’t stop there: as we learn to master our instruments, we are continually challenged by the hours of diligent practice necessary, the motivation and discipline required of us, the highly competitive environments we find ourselves in, and the tenacity and concentration we must display. Add to this list performance anxiety, the stress of auditions and competitions, and the pressure to learn copious amounts of music, and we may have a recipe for disaster. Yet somehow, we cope with these challenges. In fact, we are often willing to do anything to make our performances happen – sometimes to our own detriment.
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