i think nerves affect me in the weirdest way.
seriously. i have a bunch of the normal symptoms… like my hands shake when i’m playing soft snare drum. and my heart starts beating really fast.
but here’s the weird one: in the warmup room i have to go to the bathroom CONSTANTLY.
(why, god, why?!)
so my question is this. if nerves are psychological, why don’t they teach us how to deal with this in school?
how do you learn to overcome performance anxiety in a world where everyone’s talking about music and technique?
noa kageyama is a violinist-turned-performance psychologist and he runs the bulletproof musician blog.
he teaches students how to beat anxiety and win auditions using the same mental skills top athletes have used for decades.
it’s inspiring, really.
today i brought noa into the auditionhacker studios to ask him 3 questions about mental practice:
1. what is mental practice?
2. what does mental practice look like?
3. when is the right time to do mental practice?
he even gives you an exercise that you can do in the practice room today. enjoy!
mock auditions are an essential part of the audition preparation process. but just doing mocks isn’t going to solve all your problems.
it’s all in the details. exactly how you carry out a mock audition will affect what kind of performance benefit you see from it. today’s video is about 3 of the most common mistakes that i see musicians make in mocks.
and why taking fewer auditions, not more, can work.
sometimes it takes an odd strategy to prepare and win one of the biggest timpani auditions on earth.
a truly devastating audition can lead to a truly meaningful audition pivot.
what gives you a better shot of passing the tape round of an audition: sending in an all-natural, unedited tape, or doing some editing and submitting an artificially enhanced tape? and if you do edit your audition tape, is it cheating?
did you know that 12-year-olds in new york city prepare for a test more methodically than most musicians prepare for professional auditions?
our brand new one-week mini-course is live. here’s the entire first training video, called 'how to make your audition preparation plan.’
attending orchestra concerts is something that, over a period of years, can transform the way you speak the language of music.
the only way to earn a spot at the best conservatories and music schools is to start early, work hard and be super, unbelievably prepared at the audition.
guys… welcome back. the first auditionhacker video of the year is out today and it’s about how to restart your practice routine for the year.
our met season is starting TOMORROW, and i’m learning music to record for future videos. i need to practice smart so i don't suck too much.
i broke down the process into 3 steps so you clearly understand how to do it for yourself for this year.