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Hi There, Everyone's known it and suffered from it, but for finger pickers, nerves can easily affect our finger movements (we are delicate creatures, musicians, as you know ...). Here's what what I do to counteract that creeping paralysis - STAGE FRIGHT!


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  • I think that is great advice for anyone wanting to perform live. Really good video Jim.

  • Nice comment from a real master - thanks a lot. Cheers, Jim

  • Last night i made a total fool out of me. Well I got stage fright too and as I was playing guitar at the open stage evening with some of my friends I totally lost it.

    I played this guitar for the first time and try to play some fast fingerpicking blues, but it wasn't a good idea. So I made a fool out of me and didn't want to play guitar again on this evening, but I tried it and I sucked again. Damn...

  • This was a handy video I'm sure everyone feels the fright. One of the weapons in my arsenal is humor. If you make folks smile they (plus alcohol) are willing to forgive a clinker now and again. Humor also helps in that it's always better to have folks laughing with you , not at you.

  • This is my biggest problem. I write tons of my own material and feel I'm a fairly compotent guitar player. I'm at a point where I want people to hear my tunes and see what I can do, however the thought of playing in front of people makes me very uneasy. For example two blocks away from my house is a great little music club that has open mics twice a week. If I seriously think about going up there my stomach literally turns, I feel nausea and faintness--my hands shake. Really horrible.

  • Here is some advice I can add about overcoming stage fright:

    Don't take yourself too seriously. Clowning around a little, or doing something to get people to laugh is a great way to relieve stage fright.

    Play your own interpretations of songs. Don't slavishly play someone's well-known version note-for-note.

    Be confident. When you play for people, do it with the attitude that you're going to show them what you've got. In other words, MACHT SHOW!!

    Thanks for a thought provoking video, Jim!

  • "Sometimes make a fool of yourself," now that is advise and encouragement I needed. Wonderful video. Cheers out to you.

  • Excellent advice.

  • Thanks a lot for the tipps! I think they are very good.. Great playing at the end!:)

    5* and best regards Karlheinz

  • Hi Jim.

    More like 50% loss for me, so it is great to pick up these little tricks from you. Maybe I can get to 70 % some day. Thanks for the advice, and a nice little riff too. Cheers. Steve,

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