I recently re-read this post on Musicademy in which Tim Bowdler wonderfully tells the story of how his stage fright – helped by a rather undiscerning bandleader – resulted in one of the most embarrassing gigs of his life.
And I can relate. I used to be full of fear when going on stage – so much that once my left leg shook so hard I thought I’d lose control over my HiHat.
But over the years I’ve developed a dependable method of dealing with stage fright. And since I’ve heard and read of many other people who are nervous or even anxious to give his / her all in front of a congregation of hundreds of people – I wanted to share my method.
What stage fright really is
It all begins with understanding what stage fright is. And in the sense that I mean it, this is easy enough. Underlying stage fright is some form of fear. Perhaps the of not living up to your or someone else’s expectations. But really, it doesn’t matter how you conceptualize that fear, because my way around it is precisely non-conceptual.