#1
For the majority of my life, I've always been nervous and insecure about my actions, but, it never really effected me to the point where it could actually embarrass others. Rarely do I ever let it embarrass myself. However, I've noticed a trend occurring the last couple of times I've played in my high school band.

You see, I recently took over 1st chair as a trumpet, which at first worried me a bit, but I embraced it later. There is this one piece that keeps upsetting me. At the end of the song, I have this little, cliche, yet oddly fitting, Calvary charge played on a normal B Major triad(B-D#-F#).

It's not hard to play, but right before it comes up, I always get very nervous and am incapable of playing it, stopping the band right in it's tracks.

Pit, anybody have some good advice for me?
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#3
performing is like 15% preparation and 85% confidence. you were made first for a reason, so own your spot man!
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#5
Er, whenever I get nervous sometimes if you close your eyes it takes away a lot of the pressure. Also, make sure to practice it a lot so you know it like the back of your hand andyou won't mess up even if you tried.
#7
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I'd prefer to see shrink for other things, not being able to play trumpet <__<.

Andredit: Yeah, I see what you guys are saying about being able to play it without any trouble. I DO know it like the back of my hand and am capable of playing it, just not it front of the entire band.

That really sucks too as I have a solo in another song where the same thing kind of happens. However, I can do that one without any trouble(or much trouble, that is).
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Last edited by Just Andrew at Jan 14, 2009,
#8
O hai long-lost twin bro.

I always get nervous. Always. With anything. The only thing that has really helped me is deciding that the outcome doesn't matter to me and embracing it, whatever it may be. In other words, stop caring.
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#9
Take two shots of liquid courage
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#10
Work Out, seriously for whatever reason it helps.
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#11
play the song so often that you don't think about it, just do it, that's what I do anyway.
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#12
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O hai long-lost twin bro.

I always get nervous. Always. With anything. The only thing that has really helped me is deciding that the outcome doesn't matter to me and embracing it, whatever it may be. In other words, stop caring.
If only it were that easy.

Funny thing is I even have a talent show on Thursday(tomorrow) and even though I'm a little nervous about that, I'm still more confident in playing in front of hundreds of people by myself then less than half that in a cramped band room....
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#13
I use to be the same. it I noticed someone looking at my hands they'd start to shake. then at one point I realised that this is the only chance you get and you'll probably better off dead than to live like that. I changed from that point on.
and not to be big headed or anything but I slept with 2 girls yesterday and I'm not even good looking.
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#15
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O hai long-lost twin bro.

I always get nervous. Always. With anything. The only thing that has really helped me is deciding that the outcome doesn't matter to me and embracing it, whatever it may be. In other words, stop caring.


This man speaks the truth!
#16
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go do everything that you get nervus about, once youi do everything you wont be nervus anymore
Yeah, but I already have had the worse case scenario occur. Many times now, but I still get nervous.
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#17
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Funny thing is I even have a talent show on Thursday(tomorrow) and even though I'm a little nervous about that, I'm still more confident in playing in front of hundreds of people by myself then less than half that in a cramped band room....

Thats totally normal actually. I think it's worse when you're playing to a relatively small group, as it's more presonal.
#19
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If only it were that easy.

Funny thing is I even have a talent show on Thursday(tomorrow) and even though I'm a little nervous about that, I'm still more confident in playing in front of hundreds of people by myself then less than half that in a cramped band room....

Just think about it a bit. You're just blowing air through a metal tubey thing while pressing some valves. It's not important in the least. It has nothing to do with the world as a whole. You're pretty insignificant anyway, and in the long run the trumpet performance thing is going to be a pretty insignificant part of your life. It's not a grain of sand on a beach, it's taking a grain of sand off of a beach and taking it to a lab and grinding it up and taking one of the tiny sand-bits.

Why does it matter?

Playing your trumpet is not going to make some hot girl want you.

Playing your trumpet is not going to solve world hunger.

Playing your trumpet is not going to inspire some engineer at Ford to make a 300 mpg car.

Playing your trumpet is not going to make Osama bin Laden go up to the White House and turn himself in.

Playing your trumpet is not going to stop climate change.

The world is crazy, random, unpredictable. You and your little trumpet are not going to change it.

Stop caring.

Just play your ****ing trumpet.
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#20
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For the majority of my life, I've always been nervous and insecure about my actions, but, it never really effected me to the point where it could actually embarrass others. Rarely do I ever let it embarrass myself. However, I've noticed a trend occurring the last couple of times I've played in my high school band.

You see, I recently took over 1st chair as a trumpet, which at first worried me a bit, but I embraced it later. There is this one piece that keeps upsetting me. At the end of the song, I have this little, cliche, yet oddly fitting, Calvary charge played on a normal B Major triad(B-D#-F#).

It's not hard to play, but right before it comes up, I always get very nervous and am incapable of playing it, stopping the band right in it's tracks.

Pit, anybody have some good advice for me?


Pop some Valium... Really.
#21
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Just think about it a bit. You're just blowing air through a metal tubey thing while pressing some valves. It's not important in the least. It has nothing to do with the world as a whole. You're pretty insignificant anyway, and in the long run the trumpet performance thing is going to be a pretty insignificant part of your life. It's not a grain of sand on a beach, it's taking a grain of sand off of a beach and taking it to a lab and grinding it up and taking one of the tiny sand-bits.

Why does it matter?
Okay, I'm going to bump this as the problem has reared it's ugly head once again. And with all due respect, Alaskan, that's some terrible advice I got. I mean no disrespect, but I was doing some thinking when I messed up terribly yesterday.

If my trumpeting means nothing on a global scale, why the hell should my life even matter at all? Mine, as well as yours, probably won't effect the world in the slightest, so why even try?

That's theoretical, though. Messing up matters to me and to the small group of people that could and have seen me do it. I can't just 'not care', but that's also just what I have to do. I really could use some help, again.
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