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Old 01-02-2013, 09:26 AM   #11
Ken Gordon
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Join Date: Apr 2012
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Default Re: Nerves getting the better of Pipers and Drummers?

For my first few competitions, I, having first carefully examined the venue for obstacles, and being almost blind without them, would take my glasses off. This prevented visual matters from effecting my performance.

At my very first competition in Victoria, B.C., about half way through my 2/4, I started listening to the music instead of concentrating on my playing: my first reaction was amazement at how good it sounded.

My second reaction was to miss part of the tune.

In my first year of competition, I broke down at every one. My general reaction to this was anger...at myself. My second year of competition, I never broke down even once.

As several have said here, as perfect preparation as possible is the rock-bottom solution.
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