|Author||Topic: GRADE ONE EXAM|
|posted: 3/19/2007 at 7:46:37 PM ET|
I WILL BE TAKING MY FIRST EXAM SOON AND I CAN'T GET OFER HOW NERVOUSE I AM I HAVE BEEN TAKING LESSONS FOR ALMOST 2 YEARS BUT I AM 55 AND AS SCARED AS CAN BE CAN SOMEBODY PLS TELL ME IS THIS NORMAL?
|posted: 3/20/2007 at 12:27:26 AM ET|
Welcome to the forum Deba,
I can only offer moral support since I've never taken music exams.
Maybe just talking about it will help, do you know what will be on the exam? Guess the best thing to do, is relax the day before the exam and when the exam day arrives, go in with a positive attitude.
You mention age as a factor, I've seen nervous 20 year olds taking finals (this was a University not music).
There are many others with experience in sitting for music exams and I'm sure they will offer their advice.
In either case, get back to us and let us know how you made out. As they say in show biz "break a leg" in other words do your best and lots of good luck.
|posted: 3/25/2007 at 1:49:19 AM ET|
You might want to take a look at this article. It's pretty good and deals with stage fright and how to get around it. In my own experience the only way to get over stage fright is to perform in public again and again and again. Eventually you gain enough confidence in yourself that the stage fright starts to diminish.
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|posted: 3/25/2007 at 9:49:48 PM ET|
You are in some pretty good company. Carly Simon still gets stage fright, as does Barbara Striesand. When Rod Stewart made his first public debut, it was from behind the speakers when he was singing for Jeff Beck. He eventually got over it, and later in the show, he came out of hiding. The list is endless. It is the fear of what people might say or think if we make a mistake. I remember the first time I played at our church for Christmas Midnight Mass, There was a string trio (all professional orchestra musicians), who were close friends of mine, but I was so nervous and awed to be in such company, that my knees were shaking un-controllably. I made it through ok. Now when I play with other musicians, I notice their mistakes, and some are more noticeable than mine, and they get paid. Just take a deep breath and give it your best, and stick with it. Good Luck.
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