PICK STEVE’S BRAIN – QUESTION BY RACHEL

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Time for a new question. Steve picked Rachel’s.

Enjoy,
Sabrina xxx

RACHEL:

Hi Steve!
You have been one of the people to really inspire me to continue learning music and new instruments, but I’m a shy person who gets awful stage fright. I was wondering if you were ever scared of performing in front of others, or even if you still get nervous now? Do you have any ways of getting over the anxiety of it all?

Rachel x

STEVE:

Hi Rachel.
I never really suffered with stage fright to be honest, certainly not the crippling kind. If I’m feeling slightly anxious at all, which does happen occasionally, I tend to go quiet and my lips dry up.

I’m more likely to be nervous if I’m unsure of my parts or I’m unrehearsed. And I’ve had those dreams where I’m onstage and have absolutely no idea what I’m meant to be doing.

Remembering lyrics is sometimes a problem for me and so if I’m singing I can fret a little. The answer is to be as prepared as much as possible by listening to the songs that I am to perform on high rotation and singing along until eventually they sink in.

If this doesn’t help you when you’re onstage then try emphasising different sides to your character during your performance. Performing music onstage is a bit like acting in that you can almost become another person. You can allow your inner show off to emerge. After all the more outgoing you allow yourself to be onstage the more entertaining it will be for the audience.

And isn’t entertaining people what performing is all about?

8 Comments on PICK STEVE’S BRAIN – QUESTION BY RACHEL

Rachel said : Guest Report 4 years ago

Thank you for answering my question!! Really good advice which I will take into account! Thank you so much!!

Chiara said : Guest Report 4 years ago

Great as always! A kiss from Italy

carolm said : Guest Report 4 years ago

Hi Lynne...I love going to karaoke and also bandoke :-) Shame we'll never bump into each other on a night out! If you're ever in Oz give me a shout! haha x

carolm said : Guest Report 4 years ago

Loved your reply Steve! You answered a question similar to one I sent you...I always wanted to know and now I do :-) xx

Manu said : Guest Report 4 years ago

Good advice that certainly works for you Steve because I saw you get off the stage while performing T.T.B. (You had to wait your turn), you chatted happily with the fans behind the barriers and then you ran back on stage a second before your sax solo started.

Lorena said : Guest Report 4 years ago

I do not think I will be ever able to sing or perform in front of people. You do it greatly and you seem always to be at ease. Ciao Steve

Lynne Ashton said : Guest Report 4 years ago

Hi Steve, just read your reply to Rachel, i do karaoke every week at a local pub, i get a bit nervous sometimes when singing and i tend to look at the screen quite a bit, but when i feel confident, i do let myself go and enjoy it so much more

Alastair said : Guest Report 4 years ago

Having seen you at Live Aid ,what songs would you choose to play now and did you tell Tony not to wear that huge leather coat as I was cooked on the pitch by the time you were on !

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