May 23, 2012

The Dual Nature of Performance, Part Three

Posted in performance tagged at 7:46 am by Rebecca Hein

The essence of performance or publication is how to make the most of the excitement of it so that you aren’t bothered by nervousness or self-consciousness. Practice and experience are the traditional route, and young musicians are exhorted never to miss a chance to play for anyone, even the plumber.

The more you face up to a difficult task, the easier it becomes. Yet the burst of energy we feel when we know that someone else will be reading what we write isn’t all that manageable. Sometimes we just have to ride that wave and let it take us where it goes.

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