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Old 01-02-2013, 07:50 AM   #9
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Default Re: Nerves getting the better of Pipers and Drummers?

In addition to Neil's suggestions, sometimes visualization can help. Just imagine what a venue will be like, what types of things can happen, who can be there, etc. Also imagine yourself remaining calm, performing your tune(s), and everything going well.

When you're there, imagine you're alone back at your rehearsal space (home, office, wherever), and you're just having another practice session.

That sort of visualization has helped me until I got accustomed to being nervous in front of crowds. I still get nervous, but I try not to let it affect my performance. YMMV.
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