I learned at a relatively young age to play music in front of people; sometimes to the hoots and hollers of family members in our living room and then for the police officers who were just responding to the ‘disturbing the peace calls’ on our garage band. This gave me a slight bit of confidence, I must say.
I also learned to perform in front of peers, band competition judges, High School concerts, bar crowds, and church groups.
There is a particular dynamic at work when you play in front of people who are there to listen to you. Their attention is focused on you; they hear every nuance in whatever you play, sing or recite. By every nuance, I mean every screw up… every mistake. [Read more…]