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About mitch311

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  1. Hey I don't know if I can help but I'll chip in with my 2 cents. I play guitar and whenever I use to record, I'd get major performance anxiety. One reason is because when I would try to record, I'd try to perform my absolutely best. In a sense I tried way too hard and it threw me off. What I do now, is I try to play to my average. Paradoxically by putting in less effort, I relax this way and perform/create music much better. The first time I performed solo guitar when I was at high school, I can relate to feeling shaky. That was nerve racking! When I play live in a band nowadays though, I don't really get any anxiety. I tend to not care about what I look like and just play. I put my focus into listening intently and the sensations in my body. I'm so focused on the music and letting it come through and resonate in my body that I don't really have any room for thoughts. I focus on things like getting my timing locked in as tight as I can with the drums, I focus on having the smallest nuances in the melody come out how I want them, I focus on the energy and feel i want to create. Perhaps learning to play with this kind of focus when you are practicing and then migrating the same level of concentration/feel to your live playing? Perhaps visualise 100s of people watching you while you're practicing and just being so absorbed in what you're doing that there's no room to care that they're there. Also even just visualizing things going really well might help. Also realise if you're really absorbed in it, you're naturally going to look like a good performer