Tonight, I just played the star-spangled banner for my school's senior night basketball game. It wasn't before a huge number of people (just 300-400), but I got so nervous. I believe I pulled it off with a few rough spots doing so. I found that I absolutely love playing in front of people. (I already knew that, tonight just reassured me) Anyway, my nerves got to me and I stuttered on the first note. I got through the rest ok, but this bothered me. I get that way when I have any type of solo or big audition. My heart starts beating so rigorously that I can feel it throughout my entire body, and I struggle to keep steady. I can breathe just fine, but it's the shaking that hurts me. I don't know why I do it. I have enough confidence in my playing, and my equipment was a borrowed Connstellation that plays like a dream. I just got nervous. I would like to know if anyone else has gone through this. I realize there have probably been previous topics about this, but they are not exactly what I am looking for. I would like some advice from someone who has done this sort of thing and overcome it. Does it get better the more you do it? Any help is greatly appreciated.