I, too, used to dread playing solos because I was afraid that i would play poorly and embarass myself. However, the more times I played, the easier it became and the less nerves I had to overcome. Now I'm at the point where it's like getting on a roller coaster before the ride (one that you've ridden before, no surprises). I have an anticipation and a slight quickening of my pulse, and I know that the excitement will sharpen my focus and help me to play better. Just keep playing every chance that you get. There just is NO substitute for experience.
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Rudy Muck Duo-Bore .453/.468
Olds Special cornet
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"Hindsight is always 20/20"
Most people get nervous because they're not focussing on what they should focus on: making music. As soon as you start focussing on other things, the musical aspect is forgotten and things start going worse from there.
I found that after about the first 500 gigs I did that nerves didn't even enter into it any more. Just perform as much as you can and eventually the nervous thing will fall away.
Oh man, nervousness killed me in HS -- and it always crept up when I least expected it.
For instance, state solo competition I was great on this piece I played (can't remember the name but it was some import my teacher had) -- but when I played it at a wind ensemble concert at school -- nervous to the point of bombing.
Marching band was a different story though. We were winning state consistently (Indiana, '81 to '83) and it was such a team effort of the band that even when I had my solos I guess the drive to kick it out for the team overrode any personal vanity and fear. Or maybe it was essentially a more relaxed atmosphere compared to solo with piano accomp. only.
Anyway, I feel for you with the nerves thing. They fade after a while thankfully due to everything mentioned above.
Well, you can do like Miles did and play giving your back to the audience
Honestly, just experience, I think. It is normal to be a little scared, but that's the point when you got to do something, freeze or start playing? That's your call, and as far as I read you, you can do it great!, so why not to hear you?.
Try with some relaxation - mind blank exercises. It will be helpful.
The only reason to be scared is if you are not prepared. If you have your act together, there is no issue. If anything is left for chance, it will go wrong. Practice with the knowledge that EVERY NOTE COUNTS - EVEN THE LOW AND SLOW ONES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.
It's all about sharing what you know. Your area of expertise is the trumpet. The audience doesn't know how to play, but you do. You should take confidence in that and play at every opportunity in front of an audience. And they will be more appreciative than judgemental, So you shouldn't have anything to worry about. All in all it's about the FUN of sharing what you know.
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