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Has this ever happened to you? You walk into your audition and see all the people sitting there watching you. They place an easy Bach minuet in front of you, and suddenly you think, "Wait, what do those black lines and dots mean? What is a piano?" Then you completely and miserably fail and don't get assigned to a chamber group or whatever.

I am starting to explore the wonderful world of auditions, and I'm learning that it is quite a different kind of anxiety than performance anxiety. I've performed so much that I don't get horribly nervous. Plus, a performance is something one prepares for, so it's less nerve-wracking than sitting down and playing something you have never seen before in your life.

That story about the Bach minuet is from a couple years ago, and fortunately I have not experienced such a complete brain blank recently, but generally my sight reading skills (which are not terrific to begin with) are significantly worse when people are watching me. Does anyone have any ideas to combat sight reading anxiety? Maybe reading through some things before auditions to get in the groove? Clearly just practicing sight reading a lot is the main thing.

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I highly recommend that you obtain a copy of this fantastic book...it is chock full of real-world strategies for all aspects of preparation for performance, and the actual performance.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/0195343131...e&hvdev=c&ref=pd_sl_4ztwdjhphi_e

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http://www.musiciansway.com/


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Practise and experience. Practise and experience. Practise and experience. The wonderful thing about life is that just when you've gotten over one hurdle there's another one before you even have a chance to pat yourself on the back!


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Originally Posted by TheHappyMoron
Practise and experience. Practise and experience. Practise and experience. The wonderful thing about life is that just when you've gotten over one hurdle there's another one before you even have a chance to pat yourself on the back!

You forgot practice and experience. grin


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Originally Posted by TheHappyMoron
Practise and experience. Practise and experience. Practise and experience. The wonderful thing about life is that just when you've gotten over one hurdle there's another one before you even have a chance to pat yourself on the back!

You forgot practice and experience. grin


Oh did I? Thanks for noticing because that's the most important part! grin


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Originally Posted by rocket88

I highly recommend that you obtain a copy of this fantastic book...it is chock full of real-world strategies for all aspects of preparation for performance, and the actual performance.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/0195343131...e&hvdev=c&ref=pd_sl_4ztwdjhphi_e

Their companion website:

http://www.musiciansway.com/


I'll check it out. You can never have too many books.

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Practise and experience. Practise and experience. Practise and experience. The wonderful thing about life is that just when you've gotten over one hurdle there's another one before you even have a chance to pat yourself on the back!


It's like a video game...as soon as you have beaten one level of performance anxiety, you get a new, harder level. But at least it doesn't get boring that way laugh

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Maybe I should find my old stuffed animals and sight read in front of them like I did when I was a kid... ha

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Film yourself sight reading! And then force yourself to watch it.

Or even better, have other people watch it after you film it.

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Film yourself sight reading! And then force yourself to watch it.

Or even better, have other people watch it after you film it.


I don't know which would be worse...
But yes, that is a good idea.

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Originally Posted by WinsomeAllegretto
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Film yourself sight reading! And then force yourself to watch it.

Or even better, have other people watch it after you film it.


I don't know which would be worse...
But yes, that is a good idea.


Have you ever accompanied other musicians? This helps tremendously with sight reading. You can also play for some church services where you accompany the congregation (or they accompany you as you drag them along at a decent tempo, kicking and screaming...mostly screaming).

I don't do many piano auditions, but I have done a lot of singing ones. The key for me is to have a personal goal to achieve with my performance. First of all, it *is* a performance, for just a very small audience. So treat it like one, prepare as you would for any other performance. Secondly, having that personal goal helps you focus on that and not "what are they thinking, did they hear that mistake, etc." and all the hyper-pressure we put on ourselves to suddenly be perfect. Focusing on a goal that you will feel you've achieved something with it helps keep things in perspective.

Also bear in mind, you just may not be what they are looking for. Can't help it, no matter how greatly you perform, so if you have personal things achieved then you can always measure progress in that way for yourself.


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Originally Posted by Morodiene

Have you ever accompanied other musicians? This helps tremendously with sight reading. You can also play for some church services where you accompany the congregation (or they accompany you as you drag them along at a decent tempo, kicking and screaming...mostly screaming).

I don't do many piano auditions, but I have done a lot of singing ones. The key for me is to have a personal goal to achieve with my performance. First of all, it *is* a performance, for just a very small audience. So treat it like one, prepare as you would for any other performance. Secondly, having that personal goal helps you focus on that and not "what are they thinking, did they hear that mistake, etc." and all the hyper-pressure we put on ourselves to suddenly be perfect. Focusing on a goal that you will feel you've achieved something with it helps keep things in perspective.

Also bear in mind, you just may not be what they are looking for. Can't help it, no matter how greatly you perform, so if you have personal things achieved then you can always measure progress in that way for yourself.


I actually have done quite a bit of accompanying. And I know I can trot along at a steady pace if I need to. It's just the whole audition thing that makes me lose my ability to count ha

Thanks for the comments about personal goals. I will keep them in mind.

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Originally Posted by WinsomeAllegretto
Originally Posted by Morodiene

Have you ever accompanied other musicians? This helps tremendously with sight reading. You can also play for some church services where you accompany the congregation (or they accompany you as you drag them along at a decent tempo, kicking and screaming...mostly screaming).

I don't do many piano auditions, but I have done a lot of singing ones. The key for me is to have a personal goal to achieve with my performance. First of all, it *is* a performance, for just a very small audience. So treat it like one, prepare as you would for any other performance. Secondly, having that personal goal helps you focus on that and not "what are they thinking, did they hear that mistake, etc." and all the hyper-pressure we put on ourselves to suddenly be perfect. Focusing on a goal that you will feel you've achieved something with it helps keep things in perspective.

Also bear in mind, you just may not be what they are looking for. Can't help it, no matter how greatly you perform, so if you have personal things achieved then you can always measure progress in that way for yourself.


I actually have done quite a bit of accompanying. And I know I can trot along at a steady pace if I need to. It's just the whole audition thing that makes me lose my ability to count ha

Thanks for the comments about personal goals. I will keep them in mind.


Can you recall what happened physically to your playing when you auditioned? I know it's tough because you're on an unfamiliar instrument, but I've noticed in myself when I'm recording that I tend to play differently thus causing me to screw up more. When I figure out what is different then I can work on that particular thing when I record again.


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