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
- 3 Secrets to Getting in “The Zone”: Flow States in Practice
- 3 Tips to Quiet Inner Dialog in Performance
- 4 Ways to Choose Your Next Piece of Music
- 50 Ways To Test Your Musical Memory
- 6 Tricks for Nerves – Conquer Stage Fright and Performance Anxiety
- 8 Tips for a Better Performance (classical guitar or otherwise)
- Guitar Anchors: Turn Your Guitar into a “Feel-Good Button”!
- Guitar Performance: What to Do When Things Go Wrong
- Guitar Repertoire Sets: How to Group Your Tunes for Better Listening (and Playing)
- How Classical Guitar Technique Can Help You Play Other Styles of Music
- How to Fly with a Guitar: Guitars on Airplanes
- How to Polish Classical Guitar Pieces to Performance Level
- How to Talk in Performance, and Introduce Your Tunes in Style
- How to Use Your Eyes to Play (and Feel) Better
- Inner Game of Practice: Release Guilt and Accept Reality
- Practice Mindsets that Improve Your Performances
- Pros and Cons of Looking at Your Left Hand on Guitar
- Shaky Hands Guitar Syndrome: Stop Shaky Hands for Better Performance
- The 85% Rule: How to Play Pieces Perfectly Polished at Full Speed
- The First 4 Seconds, or How to Start a Piece
- Why We Play Better at Home, and Play Poorly for Others