To perform for others on classical guitar, we have to have mastered both our body and our mind. We have to be able to respond under pressure. We must have trained such that we default to beautiful playing. All easier said than done!
Performing is a practice, like the rest of music. It’s not something we do once and master. Each performance is a new experience, with new and familiar challenges.
There are several aspects to performing. Here are three broad categories:
- Practicing for Optimal Performance – This is how we use our practice time leading up to a performance to prepare for the performance. How we practice will determine the outcome, so it’s paramount we practice well.
- Performance Anxiety and Stage Fright – Most everyone get nervous. Here you’ll find tips and preventions to help out with the pulse races.
- How to Polish Your Music for Performance – Practice methods on polishing music, so you play it consistently well.
If you only read one article on preparing for performance, read this one.
All Lessons and Articles on Guitar Performance
- The 85% Rule: How to Play Pieces Perfectly Polished at Full Speed
- How to Fly with a Guitar: Guitars on Airplanes
- Why We Play Better at Home, and Play Poorly for Others
- Pros and Cons of Looking at Your Left Hand on Guitar
- Guitar Performance: What to Do When Things Go Wrong
- Shaky Hands Guitar Syndrome: How to Stop Shaky Hands for Better Performance
- How to Polish Classical Guitar Pieces to Performance Level
- How to Talk in Performance, and Introduce Your Tunes in Style
- 6 Tricks for Nerves – Conquer Stage Fright and Performance Anxiety
- Practice Mindsets that Improve Your Performances
- 8 Tips for a Better Performance (classical guitar or otherwise)
- 3 Tips to Quiet Inner Dialog in Performance
- Guitar Anchors: Turn Your Guitar into a “Feel-Good Button”!
- Inner Game of Practice: Release Guilt and Accept Reality
- Guitar Repertoire Sets: How to Group Your Tunes for Better Listening (and Playing)
- 3 Secrets to Getting in “The Zone”: Flow States in Practice
- The First 4 Seconds, or How to Start a Piece
- How to Use Your Eyes to Play (and Feel) Better
- 50 Ways To Test Your Musical Memory