Please help me!

Please help me!

Please help me!    09:41 on Monday, June 18, 2012          

(14 points)
Posted by JasonTongRulz

Hello everyone! On June 22nd, I'm performing Syrinx by Debussy in the Sydney Town Hall to an audience of about over 2,000...

I have two concerns here:

1. I worry that my sound won't fill the entire hall... It is really large and I'm not sure if my sound can project that much! Particularly the low register parts... And the pianissimos... Will I be able to be heard at the back? This is very worrying, as I can't rehearse at the hall until the actual day of the concert! I have performed at that venue before though, but never solo.
2. Performance anxiety! How can I overcome it? Should I take beta blockers? I have a limited amount of people to actually perform for, so I can't really perform it in front of a random large group. How can I overcome the performance anxiety?

Any advice will be greatly appreciated! Thank you!~

Re: Please help me!    12:30 on Monday, June 18, 2012          

(58 points)
Posted by Watcher

Projecting your sound: is there anything you can do about it? If not, don't worry about it.

Beta blocker: I don't know much about these. Maybe they'll help. But do you really want to be the kind of person who can only achieve great things by taking drugs? Better to do your best as you are, come what may.

Re: Please help me!    13:47 on Monday, June 18, 2012          

(491 points)
Posted by Zevang

Did you see my response (days ago) about this in the other forum? (fluteland)

Re: Please help me!    15:31 on Monday, June 18, 2012          

(48 points)
Posted by Tonehole


if you're posting all over different forums, there's a good chance you're probably PANICKING!!

It's best not to listen to any of us about beta blockers - maybe you could consult with your doctor to check first? If you have asthma like me, you would probably be dead if you take them without proper medical advice.

How about breathing exercises?

Re: Please help me!    12:55 on Tuesday, June 19, 2012          

(4 points)
Posted by emili

If you need beta blockers to get over anxiety, so be it..don't listen to people who think you struggle is a virtue. I wouldn't however take pills for the first time right before a concert; you should make sure and test how they make you feel and whether you can still play well on them. Good luck!


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