Creating a Calm Mental State While Performing

I’ve suffered from stage fright, ever since I was 8 years old. Even at that young age, I would begin to shake and turn cold the morning of a performance. Thoughts of failure, criticism, and disappointment would pervade my mind until after I had performed. Then afterwards, all that awaited me was regret and disappointment. Of course, everyone around me wanted to help. So, each time a recital would come around there would be another opportunity to try out one of the stage fright strategies that had been prescribed to me. Unfortunately, each time I tried pretending that no one was in the room, that I was playing with a great violinist, or thinking positive thoughts, the same nervous thought pat

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