Q&A Lesson: Performance Anxiety in Music & Guitar

Q&A Lesson: Performance Anxiety in Music & Classical Guitar – I took a ton of questions from my various subscribers on Patreon, Youtube, and the site comments and made three comprehensive questions and answers. Thanks to all my patrons and supporters who submitted questions. If you enjoyed this lesson please consider supporting the site.

Three Main Questions & Answers for Performance Anxiety

  • 1:28 Psychological: When I perform in front of people it’s not a good as at home practicing, what can I do? Topics include creating a performance persona, replacing tempo with other musicality, accepting success and failures, supporting yourself.
  • 7:55 – Practicing & Technique: How can I practice and work on technique to specifically help me perform and reduce anxiety? Topics include performing your pieces multiple times, three tempos to practice and prepare, memory and starting at various points, relaxing and resetting after each phrase, planting in the right and left hand.
  • 23:50 – Performance Day: What can I do on the day and at the time to perform better and reduce performance anxiety? Topics include: Have a good warmup routine and don’t run the piece just before going on stage, tune and setup before, minimal setup on stage.
  • 28:55 – Concluding comments.

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  1. I consider that it is a mistake not to look for the ideal method to learn to play the guitar from the beginner level and that mistake becomes bigger when we use other methods and techniques for our learning. This leads us to confusion and then to the abandonment of learning.

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    Thanks Bradford for your great idea.

  2. I just heard this lesson today! 03/19/2022. This is great info to keep oneself on track. I seem to be a professional backtracker. I hope its a benefit to me! I was a classical guitar major in the early 1970’s Well, I a 68 now and am just catching on! (Hopefully that is a little sarcastic) Thank you for your website!

  3. Excellent guidance Master Werner!
    I noticed a marked improvement in my performance in front of my imaginary audience, almost immediately after watching this video and felt very pleased with myself!
    Thank you so much for this and in deed for all your other teachings. All the best.

  4. I tend to suffer from performance anxiety. I have researched this topic extensively online. I learned more from this video than any other resource. Thank you!