Optimum concert state, or how to overcome the excitement before performing on stage?
Performers, especially beginners, often do not know how to overcome the excitement before the performance. All artists differ in character, temperament, level of motivation and volitional qualities. These personality traits, of course, only partially affect the ability to adapt to public speaking. After all, a successful appearance on the stage of everyone still depends, first of all, on readiness and desire to play, and also on the strength of stage skills (in other words, experience). Each artist needs to learn how to prepare himself for a performance, to learn how to easily enter the optimal concert state – a state in which fear and excitement do not spoil the performance. In this he will be helped by both long-term, permanent measures (for example, sports training), and specific local measures that are resorted to immediately before entering the stage (for example, a special concert day mode). PHYSICAL ACTIVITY FOR THE GENERAL TONUS OF THE ARTIST In the process of professional development of a musician, it is important to maintain muscle tone in good shape. To do this, you need to play sports: such species as running and swimming are suitable.
But with gymnastics and weightlifting, the musician needs to be careful and engage in such sports only with an experienced trainer, so as not to accidentally get any injuries or muscle clamps. Well-being and working capacity, in other words, the tone allows you to quickly recreate a special feeling of kinship with the keyboard, bow, finger or mouthpiece and to avoid any manifestations of lethargy during the game. HOW TO TAKE THE EXCITEMENT BEFORE THE SPEECH? Mental and emotional preparation for the upcoming concert helps to overcome the musician’s excitement before a public performance on stage. There are special psychological exercises – they are not famous for either popularity or effectiveness, among musicians they are considered too formal, however, they can help some, as they were developed by professional psychologists-trainers. Give it a try! Exercise 1. Autogenous training in a relaxed state. It is almost self-hypnosis. When doing this exercise, you can have a good rest. You need to sit in a comfortable chair and completely relax (you should not have more accurate clothes on you, you should not hold anything in your hands, it is recommended to remove heavy jewelry from yourself). Next, you need to try to free yourself from any thoughts and from the feeling of time. This is the most difficult, but if you succeed, you are great!
You will be rewarded with a thrill and wonderful relaxation for body and mind. If you managed to free yourself from the thought and sensation of time, then sit as long as you can – during this time you will rest and even imagine how much! Further, psychologists recommend imagining a concert hall, the audience and the process of your performance in detail. This stage is painful! Pass to it or not – you decide! It is better not to spoil the achieved state of rest. Exercise 2. Role-playing training In this exercise, a musician, in order to overcome his excitement before a performance, can enter the role of a well-known artist, self-confident, who keeps himself at ease on stage. And in this role again mentally rehearse your number (or go directly to the stage). In some ways, this approach resembles a madhouse, but again: it helps someone! So try it! Still, whatever the suggestions, they are artificial. And the artist should not deceive his viewer and listener. He must, first of all, make sense of his speech – this can be helped by dedication, and preliminary congratulations, and an explanation to the public of the concept of the work. You can do without a direct expression of all this: the main thing is that the meaning exists for the performer.
Often the thoughts of a work, correctly set artistic tasks, attention to detail to some artists simply do not leave room for fear (once you think about risk, once you think about possible failures – there is time to think only about how to play better and how to more accurately convey your and composer’s ideas). MASTERS OF THE SCENE ADVICE … The behavior of the musician in the last hours before the concert is important: it does not predetermine the success of the performance, but affects its comfort! Everyone knows that, first of all, you need to get enough sleep. It is important to plan your diet in such a way as to dine in advance, because a feeling of fullness dulls the sensation. On the other hand, the musician should not be exhausted, tired and hungry – the musician should be sober, active and receptive! It is necessary to limit the time of the last training: the last technical work should be performed not on the day of the concert, but “yesterday” or “the day before yesterday”.