I remember when I was a young lad just learning to play. I couldn't wait for people to ask me to perform. I was very excited and confident in my playing. As I got into highschool and became more serious, I began experiencing a strange phenomenon. week knees, shortness of breath and unable to play to the best of my abilities. I was still first chair, but by the time I got into college and music school at Berklee and North Texas, I was not playing anything close to my abilities.
It got so bad that I refused to play any of my required recitals for trumpet class. Just thinking about it, made it worse. Eventually, I decided to change my major and never played professionally. I don't regret changing careers - as I don't think I was ever cutout to be a performer. But I am curious if anyone else battled this problem and was able to conquer it. Tell us how you did it.