As the date of our concert draws near, whether it be classical, jazz, pop, or any other genre, I am hearing a lot of our students practicing their piece to play. Knowing a bit too well how nerve-racking it can be, I have come up with a few tips to help boost your confidence whilst playing (hopefully they will work!)
1. Practice may not make perfect, but it does come very close, so practice your pieces consistently and daily! You will be more confident if you know your piece rather than going on stage without knowing what you’re playing.
2. Mock performances in front of family, pets or dolls is not such a bad idea, and will give you some practice in playing in front of others.
3. Record yourself when you play and listen back on it. Hopefully you will be able to hear your strong points as well as where you need to improve. Then you can correct and perfect your piece to play more confidently at the concert!
4. Believe in yourself! Look back at how far you’ve come! You are a good musician and you have the potential to be awesome. So hold your head high and play with courage.
5. Lastly, when in doubt, play G. Just kidding, but have fun when you perform. You will not only overcome lack of confidence but also perform a lot better when you have fun.