Overcoming Stage Fright And Developing Musical Presence

Transform Stage FRIGHT into Stage PRESENCE.

Guess what? There’s NO such thing as Stage Fright… there’s only PEOPLE Fright.

The greatest fear that people have is being the focus of attention in front of a group of people. Most people have this as a fear of public speaking, for musicians it’s stage fright. Either way, it’s when being in front of a crowd triggers the primitive “fight or flight” behavior that ultimately finds expression with a powerful avoidance response. Many non-musicians cope with this common phobia quite well by simply avoiding situations where they might end up as the center of attention. For musicians however, who are expected to perform in front of audiences, it can be a discouraging obstacle to their highest goals and problematic indeed.

Stage fright is not something that happens to you. Stage fright is something YOU DO TO YOURSELF.

The interesting thing is that your physical response to fear and exhilarating excitement are exactly the same. YOU interpret your body’s reaction according to context. What happens when you ride a roller coaster is a good example of this. You’re body is screaming “we’re going to die!”, but your mind knows it’s perfectly safe (otherwise how could all those kids be getting off the ride safe and sound?). Based on the situation and context, you probably experienced the ride as an exciting rush, an “adrenaline high”, rather than “fear”.

What if, rather than interpreting your body’s reaction to being in front of an audience as “fear” and stage fright, you were able to turn that around and instead experience those feelings as a fire of positive excitement, using that creative fire and focusing that energy so you become totally consumed in the music you are playing?

Another factor in the stage fright equation is the fact that when you have stage fright, you are not doing your job. Instead of becoming immersed and absorbed in the music and focusing on what you are supposed to be doing (which is playing music), you’re worried about how you appear in front of the people watching you. When a musician feels self-conscious in front of others, he or she does so at the expense of the audience. If instead, the musician is music-conscious, everything naturally falls into place. When you’re properly focused on “being” the music, there’s no longer any “self” to feel self-conscious about, just honest and sincere performance (which is how your listeners really want to watch you).

Yet another common element of stage fright is the trash that people say silently to themselves when they’re in front of others. Not satisfied with letting others put them down, some people like to join in and gang up on themselves with negative self-talk. What most people don’t realize is that what we say to ourselves are actually commands to our subconscious mind that it will happily carry out. “Garbage in, garbage out.” Negative self-talk becomes commands that get those negative results. It’s a kind of self-fulfilling prophecy you suggest to yourself. Watch how much better things get when you turn those negative suggestions you make to yourself into messages of positive encouragement.

Hypnosis is famous for its effectiveness in rapidly removing phobias and irrational fears from people’s lives forever. Stage fright is a widespread phobia that afflicts musicians, often some of the best players and performers. Now you can free up all that energy that you waste on tension and fear and positively channel that energy into enhancing your music and total performance.

Using tried and true techniques of hypnosis, you can:

Transform fear and tension into energy and passion.
Focus on the music, instead of on YOU and your personal illusions as to how you appear to others.
Eliminate negative self-talk and stop creating thoughts that result in your putting yourself down.
Acquire a sense of self-confidence and self-assurance so that any stage becomes your personal comfort zone, making playing easier.

Stage Fright or Stage Presence The choice is YOURS.