How to get in the "zone" when performing
From my experience I play best, especially when in front of others, when I am playing unselfconsciously. I mean focusing on something else and letting my fingers and arms do what they have been practicing to do.
For example: I might be playing for some folks and playing well and then I become aware that I am playing nicely and that is when I screw up and blunder!
I have tried focusing my eyes on some object in the distance, and that works for a few moments only.
Does anyone have any good ideas of how to stay out of the "self-conscious" zone?
For myself I feel even on a good day I might play at only 80% of my capacity. On a bad day it might be 60%….and it is not a good sound!
What psychological postures can I take to help me play better?