My first performance was a disaster! Help me avoid a repeat?
Hi everyone - I picked up the tin whistle a few months ago and I’m loving it. I’d really appreciate some tips and pointers about beginning to perform and deal with nerves though.
To give you some background, a couple of months ago I’d learned a passable rendition of Roisin Dubh and went to perform in front of 50 or so people. I’ve played piano for over a decade, have experience speaking to big crowds, and put in a lot of practice leading up to the performance, but it was a disaster! I played into a microphone set up for a singer (so I tried playing horizontally into it), overblew, squawked repeatedly and blanked - something I’ve never done before.
I’m thinking of giving it another go in about a month to prove to myself I can do it and to share how fun it is to play tin whistle. But I won’t unless I’m confident it’s not going to be de ja vu! Could you please share some tips to help me?