Hi.  I play

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Hi.  I play

Hi.  I play the flute, really well I guess.  My music teacher wants me to play in a concert.  A huge concert, and I'm nervous!!!!!   Any advice?!?Frown


HELP!       HELP!         HELP!        HELP!

submitted by Sydney S., age 10, Erie PA
(March 3, 2009 - 4:57 pm)

I play the flute too! What piece are you playing? This summer I played Mozart's Flute Concerto in G Major, and right now I'm playing Fantasie for Flute and Piano by Gabriel Faure. They are both really fun pieces!

On the concert: Aside from the usual tips, which are helpful too, remember that everybody wants you to do well! Unless you are playing in a solo competition, people just want to hear you play your piece and won't be critiquing every note you play (At least I don't think they would!). For me, it really does help if I just try to have fun. Pretend you're in your room practicing like you usually do and don't pay any attention to the audience! Good luck! :)

submitted by Maddy, age 14, OR
(March 4, 2009 - 12:28 am)

I don't play the flute, but I sing, and I have to sing in front of small groups about two, or three times a year, and I get really nervous. So, for my last one, I asked everybuggy on chatterbox for advise, and Old Cricket told me to eat a banana before my performance. It helps to get rid of shaking. And for the first time ever, my recital went smoothly, and I didn't shake, and I wasn't nervous. GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

submitted by Laura M., age 15, Santa Rosa, Ca
(March 4, 2009 - 12:46 pm)

It really helps to know your piece forwards and backwards, inside and out, in your sleep. That way, when you're actually performing, you can concentrate on getting a good sound and not tensing up because you're nervous.

In general, I like to meditate, to practice clearing my mind and concentrating on one thing. It helps me focus and lets me do my best during a concert or test or whatever, among other things.

OOC, what piece are you playing?

submitted by Falmiriel
(March 17, 2009 - 2:22 pm)