Tips for handling nerves please
Well, I went to another session the other night. Nothing for 20+ years and then twice this year so far! - I’m on a roll !!
Thing is, I can’t remember ever going to a session on my own before. Net result of this being that when I was called upon to play (its that sort of session) I had the jitters. I started off with something steady and managed to get away with it.
Second time around it was’nt so easy. It actually got that bad that it started to affect my breathing - pretty dire stuff for a whistle player. I still managed to stick with it and got through OK, though not at my best.
On subsequent occasions, things got better and I got over it.
Question is, has this ever happened to you? - how do you deal with it? - I think the answer is to keep throwing yourself into the lions den - but does it get easier? I am desperate not to let something as stupid as this stop me from being at my best. To my mind there is no point in playing at all if I can’t achieve my "normal" standard in public.