Monday, June 18, 2007

More on Overcoming Stage Fright: Jennifer Cluff's Fluteloops

Fluteloops Radio Shows 6 & 7

Wow! A five-segment series by Jennifer Cluff on her Flootloops Radio Shows on overcoming stage fright including interviews with leading authority Michael Goode (author of Stage Fright in Music Performance and Its Relationship to the Unconscious).

Topics discussed include: strategies for avoiding the negative effects of prior bad experiences; ways to overcome the behavior and energies of "psychic bullies"" in ensemble settings; the value of "flow"; and the power of intention in preparation and performance.

Episode 7 is Jennifer's excellent summary of the series and includes references to these additional valuable resources:
William Pleeth (Jacqueline du Pré's teacher) book Cello
reminds us that there is no point in practicing technique if the emotion of the music itself is not our primary intent.

Robert Caldwell: Performer Prepares, a long-term project for overcoming stage fright in workbook form --perhaps a good summer project?

Kenny Werner(jazz pianist): Effortless Mastery: Liberating the Master Musician Within

Thanks to Jennifer Cluff for putting this collection of resources together-- for reminding us we CAN be joyful and free in our music-making and we contribute to the well-being of our colleagues and audiences through our sincere efforts to perform in "flow." Thanks also for the bloopers which wonderfully illustrate the art of graceful recovery.


1 comment:

Anton said...

Thanks for the article! I've had problems with stage fright myself so it's good to read other perspectives on this.
I still get nervous any time I have to perform in front of others, but I find the best things to do are to be totally prepared, accept that a mistake doesn't mean the whole thing is a disaster and get your breathing under control.
For anyone interested, another website that has articles and help for stage fright is www.stagefrighthelp.com