If the whole world’s a stage, according to Shakespeare, then you need a few tips to prepare for your performance. We’ve got a few ways to help you make every performance fun and successful.
Prepare, Prepare, Prepare
A big part of making your performance great happens before the actual performance. You will need to start practicing and refining your recital pieces well in advance, at least 2-3 months before you have to perform. Giving yourself plenty of time before the performance to learn the piece will allow you to break the song down into multiple sections so that you can master it. Getting the timing and rhythm down ahead of time will help your performance to go smoothly, even with distractions. If you are feeling up to the challenge, you could also memorize your piece ahead of time and perform without the sheet music.
Warming up on the day of your performance is essential to getting yourself ready and in the right state of mind to perform. However, make sure not to overdo it by warming up too much or stressing about things outside of your control. While you are warming up, visualize your success and imagine yourself playing everything correctly while you are performing your best. Visualizing your success helps you to be calm during your performance.
When you are preparing for your recital it can be nerve-racking and scary. There are a few things you can do to be rid of the butterflies in your stomach while performing. Before your performance take deep breaths and smile to yourself. Meditating, walking, or even listening to other music can help to decrease your nerves so you can be calm during your performance.
The most important aspect of performing is having a good time! Relax and play the music you enjoy. Make your performance passionate or moving by using your emotions to enhance your playing. If you mess up, keep going! Every performance won’t be perfect and you will always find ways to improve, but make every performance count by enjoying your brief time on stage.
Performing regularly will help you improve your musicality and become more confident in your abilities. So next time you know you have a performance coming up, follow these simple steps to make your performance the best it can be!