I have always had a problem with playing in front of other people. I am a decent player, just self-conscious. It isn't just trumpet playing, it's my personality. I think I care too much about what people think of me, like I can't talk on the phone with people nearby who I know are listening in, and I can't stand people looking over my should for almost anything. So I don't think it's that I think I suck (although we all have those days) it's just who I am. I've noticed two things that help me play better, when I'm really mad and aggressive and just go for it, and sometimes when I close my eyes. I imagine if I ever have to play by myself in public closing my eyes will help. People say just thinking confidently will help, but that doesn't work for me. What works for you? Also, any tips for me?