Another way to relax before a performance is to rinse with Scope Mouthwash. One of the guys in the brass section did that and he was always calm.
Some claimed it was really green vodka but that hardly seems appropriate in a classical music setting
The musician under suspicion said that he was fighting off a life threatening gum disease.
Very good points on this thread, I of course as a guitar player pretty much as violin players. You do have to relax and lean forward a bit and treat it as your instrument kind of like an extension of your body. For sure practice structure. But remember that it is only structure. When you want your own sound. Don't be afraid to just get out of the norm and experiment in ways that really make you comfortable.
What with the consensus on the value of a pint or dram, I thought this link might be apropos:
[Just how many calories does an hour of fiddling burn, anyway?]
The event was fun! I actually didn't do too badly, although it seemed like I would mess up on cue when the camera's were on! LOL I used a ton of your advice from here and other topics…..including the "what's in your case" topic……I actually needed that pair of clippers FM recommended! Thanks again!
Before we knew it, we had a crowd of over 20 people around us as we began playing! Pictures should be coming soon as well as any video that actually turned out! We've actually been asked to come back out next year! …..and we were indirectly mentioned the paper!! (I'm the "fiddler" mentioned!) http://www.dailyherald.com/art…..705199874/
I also met a few more musicians including violinists! One young lady was just learning and after seeing us, brought her fiddle out the next day! We shared some music and I referred her to this site as she is learning on her own as well! She was VERY polite, something you don't see in teens now days! The other violinist was very experienced and was a bit of a snob. She immediately wanted to show off her expensive violin and insisted that was the only way one could ever improve. She made us feel that we were inferior and shouldn't be playing near her.
But you know what?? The crowd loved us and we fed right into that! With a whole crowd clapping and their children dancing, I think we did good! …….just need to learn a few more tunes and be more relaxed! My buddy patted me on the back after we were finished and I nearly jumped out of my skin! He then promptly offered me a drink!
Again, thanks everybody for your support!!
That's GREAT news, well done!
And you will be a source if inspiration to many if us. I have my first public appearance in June. Teacher is asking all her violin and piano student(s) to do a small ensemble in front of friends and family.
Can you give me any advice?
Terry, I would recommend all the advice recommend on this thread! I learned that you just have to accept the fact that you'll mess up eventually and that it's no big deal! Once I had fun with it, things went a lot more smoothly! When I first started playing I kinda zoned out and got lost within myself. But once I noticed that everyone else was enjoying it as much as I was, I started feeding of them!
I'm still waiting for more pics, they slowly starting to come out! So far, I've only spotted one. A really good photographer captured a nice pic of me sitting on the cannon and playing. He's said he'd email it to me, but I'm still waiting! That would be awesome!
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