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derpyviolinist
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I have my very first competition coming up and I would like some tips and suggestions on preparing for it...

Advice would be very very much appreciated !

"We’re all afraid, you know.. to get up on stage. Maybe you’ll mess up. Maybe they’ll totally reject you. Even so, you grit your teeth and get up on stage anyway. Something compels us… moves us to play music." -Kaori Miyazono

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Practice, relax and do the best job you can.

Good luck,,,derpy.  crossedfingers

 

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thanks so much !laugh

"We’re all afraid, you know.. to get up on stage. Maybe you’ll mess up. Maybe they’ll totally reject you. Even so, you grit your teeth and get up on stage anyway. Something compels us… moves us to play music." -Kaori Miyazono

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I've never been in a competition but if I did maybe I would follow the same procedures of my normal performances/concerts: Search and listen to several interpretations of the pieces I would play, practice, read some feedback, talk with my teacher and try to be calm.

Wish you luck derpyviolinist! :D

 
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March 5, 2015 - 1:05 pm
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I made this post a while back which I think applies perfectly to your question:

http://fiddlerman.com/forum/br.....al/#p56809

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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@derpyviolinist 

Welcome to the forum!  Good luck with your competition.

Practice...and know you stuff.   :)

If you can gather a few friends and family to do a "pre-competition" show that might help with nerves.

Go .. fight.. Win!!! cheerleader

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thanks so much guys the advice really helped and I placed 1st !1st-place

"We’re all afraid, you know.. to get up on stage. Maybe you’ll mess up. Maybe they’ll totally reject you. Even so, you grit your teeth and get up on stage anyway. Something compels us… moves us to play music." -Kaori Miyazono

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March 9, 2015 - 5:30 pm
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derpyviolinist said
thanks so much guys the advice really helped and I placed 1st !1st-place

Very cool. Please tell us more. What went through your head when performing? Were you nervous? If so did you do anything special to counter that nervousness? Were you able to enjoy your performance? Do you have any advice for others?

Congratulations!

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but the one who needs the least."

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Congratulations derpyviolinist!!

 
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@Fiddlerman, I wasn't so nervous throughout the day but when it came to like ten minutes before it was my turn to play I did start getting very nervous, my hand was shaking and I kept on underestimating like "oh what if I mess up" or "what if I totally forgot my piece". I guess what made me stop being as nervous was seeing others perform. I knew most of them were a nervous wreck like me but they still played their piece and when they messed up they continued like it wasn't a big deal. When it was time for me to go up I was a bit nervous but right before I played my piece (it was Salut d'amour if you're wondering) I paused and took a deep breath which helped soo much. While playing the piece I did make a mistake or two and that made me wonder if the mistake was obvious...but the thing that went through my almost the whole time while playing is to stay calm because if I don't I'll definitely mess up. Aside from the nervousness I did very much enjoy my performance and I definitely recommend doing a competition for those who have never done one. Not only did enjoy it but I also improved my playing during period when I was practicing for it, I also realized the areas I needed to work on. I guess the advice I would give to others is to stay calm throughout, if you're not calm it can mess up your thinking and distract you from your playing and also HAVE FUN!done

"We’re all afraid, you know.. to get up on stage. Maybe you’ll mess up. Maybe they’ll totally reject you. Even so, you grit your teeth and get up on stage anyway. Something compels us… moves us to play music." -Kaori Miyazono

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@derpyviolinist Congrats on your competition.

Thanks for reporting back.

1st-placethumbs-up1st-placethumbs-upbananabananabananabanana

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@Stephanie Cool beans!! That is wonderful!!

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That is exactly what I wanted to hear. :)
If you don't mind, I would love a blog about that... You can use what you posted here if you like. Mind you, only if you don't mind doing it. No pressure. :)
I want to start posting interesting blogs under our blog menu above.

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but the one who needs the least."

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well I'd love to but I'm pretty bad when it comes to writing and all lol....

"We’re all afraid, you know.. to get up on stage. Maybe you’ll mess up. Maybe they’ll totally reject you. Even so, you grit your teeth and get up on stage anyway. Something compels us… moves us to play music." -Kaori Miyazono

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@coolpinkone and @Schaick thanks so much ! :)

"We’re all afraid, you know.. to get up on stage. Maybe you’ll mess up. Maybe they’ll totally reject you. Even so, you grit your teeth and get up on stage anyway. Something compels us… moves us to play music." -Kaori Miyazono

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That is a matter of opinion. Besides, I enjoyed reading it.

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but the one who needs the least."

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Well, i guess it wouldn't hurt to try. I'll do it

"We’re all afraid, you know.. to get up on stage. Maybe you’ll mess up. Maybe they’ll totally reject you. Even so, you grit your teeth and get up on stage anyway. Something compels us… moves us to play music." -Kaori Miyazono

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