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By incorporating these relaxation techniques into your routine before a performance, you can feel calmer, more confident, and ready to give your all on stage:
Take a few minutes to practice deep, controlled breathing. Inhale slowly through your nose, expanding your abdomen, then exhale gently through your mouth. This breathing technique will help you calm your nervous system and relax.
Do a few gentle stretches to relax your shoulders, arms and hands. These stretches can help release muscle tension and make you feel more at ease.
Take time to visualize a successful performance. Imagine yourself playing with confidence and delivering a captivating musical rendition. Positive visualization can boost your confidence and reduce stress.
Practice warm-up exercises
Before playing in public, do a few warm-up exercises to prepare your fingers and lips. This will give you the confidence to feel ready for the performance.
Find a moment of calm
Find a quiet, peaceful place where you can relax before your performance. Avoid distractions and take time to focus on yourself.
Practice mental presence
Focus on the present moment and avoid worrying about past mistakes or future challenges. Be fully engaged in the present moment when you play.
Remember why you love playing music
Keep in mind the passion that drove you to play the clarinet or saxophone. Remembering why you love music can help you overcome stress
Accept that feeling a certain level of excitement or nervousness before a performance is normal. Don't try to fight these emotions, but rather accept them and draw on them for inspiration.