Many people say that when it comes to performing music for other people, they cannot perform with confidence. At times they may even dread having to play for others, or turn down opportunities to perform. Often the fear of performance is the very thing that gets in the way of the performance.
If you believe you’re not a confident performer, this belief sets the stage for not being able to perform with confidence. You may have developed this belief in the past. You may be referencing a single past event, or not counting the times you have performed confidently. Replaying a past event in your mind gives it a lot of power. Try to treat each event as a new experience. Overly focusing on what other people might think is another trap to being able to perform with confidence. This is common in social or public situations.
Confidence is your own belief in your capability to perform a particular skill in a way that meets your expectations. If you’ve prepared your music and are confident in your skills, then it’s time to prepare yourself. Don’t get in the way of the performance that reflects what you can do musically. Preparing yourself to perform with confidence makes the difference.
I use a series of coaching strategies to help you perform with confidence for an audience or friends. I’ve trialled it successfully with people who have experienced performance anxiety in social or public situations. If this is something you’ve experienced, you’ll be surprised how quickly you can learn to apply a new state of calm confidence to your performances.
The starting point is to clarify your motivation for wanting to play in public. Why is it important to you? What would it give you?
What does a confident performance look, sound and feel like? Bring to mind a performance you enjoyed as an audience member. What did you most enjoy about it? Recall all the relevant details of the performance.
Is there a performance you have given that you felt confident about? How do you know you were confident? What were the signs? What gave you that confidence?
Next, we explore what gets in the way of you performing confidently in public or socially.
After that, my job is to use a series of coaching strategies to remove the particular issues that get in the way of you performing confidently.
I look forward to working with you to perform with confidence.
Please contact me to find out more about performing with confidence on a musical instrument.