Tag Archives: Nerves

The Beauty of Simplicity

This week, I had the privilege of meeting a pianist who had a few issues with nerves associated with performing. She said she felt that the audience would be critical of her if she made a mistake. That was quite … Continue reading

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Nurturing Inspiration at Short Notice – A refresher for the author!

Whilst writing the book, I realised that it was all very well me saying to others, “You can and will be confident” when all I do is take very small risks by accompanying students in weekly student performances and playing … Continue reading

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Lee Risdale, Soul Singer, Walks the Walk

One of the key principles of NLP, Neuro Linguistic Programming, is that if you desire to get better, find the people who are already doing what you want to do and work out from them what YOU need to do. … Continue reading

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Following Your Inspiration Makes You Confident

This week saw 3 fabulous interviews with very different musicians and the last of the interviews of the week was with the remarkable musician and performer, Tristan Hendy from signed PunkPop band NativeJune. Everything about Tristan’s personality oozes a natural … Continue reading

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Is Musical Technique the refuge of the insecure, or a foundation for Mastery?

This question popped into my mind whilst in conversation with the professional singer and vocal coach Basira Ward-Davies with respect to the slight difference in approach she had experienced collaborating with Youth, a producer who has worked with Primal Scream, … Continue reading

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Teaching Others to be Confident

As musicians, we often spend some of our time teaching. At least half of the students in the music class I lecture are either teaching an instrument or have taught an instrument at some time. We must never reinforce negative … Continue reading

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The Wedding Pianist…

This weekend saw the marriage of two dear friends in a wonderful church and dozens of friends, family guests and church people. My task was to perform two modern hymns chosen by my friends as a piano solo, to be … Continue reading

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