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Essential Secrets 94: Practice Performing

30 March 2020

Essential Secrets


Compliments of performance coach/bassist David Motto

DAVID MOTTO

Secret 94:
Practice Performing

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Putting on the Pressure

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The previous strategy outlined the crucial transition from practicing to performing. This secret takes it to the next level.

When you walk on stage, you need to be in control and ready to face the pressure of live performing. The best way to do this is to put the pressure on yourself at home—so you’re used to it. The ultimate technique to prepare for a live show is to play a Performance Run- Through. This is the step-by-step process:

1. Schedule Your “Performance”: Don’t just say, “I’ll do it Tuesday.” Tell yourself, “I’m performing Tuesday at 8:15pm.”

2. Create an Audience: Record or videotape yourself to create a virtual audience. Invite family or friends for an actual audience.

3. Wear Your Concert Clothes: Make sure your clothes don’t interfere with your ability to play—either seated or standing—and that you’re comfortable.

4. Have a “Backstage”: Begin by standing “in the wings.” Then, enter your practice space, pick up your bass (which should already be tuned and ready to play), acknowledge the audience, and perform. When finished, acknowledge your audience again and return to your “backstage” room.

5. Do Not Stop: No matter what happens during your performance, keep playing!

You can take additional steps to really put on the pressure:

· set up a webcam and broadcast your “performance” live on the Internet. Then, post it online—even if you were unhappy with it.

· If you have a live audience, invite them to critique you.

· Change the temperature or lighting. Make your practice space uncomfortable so you’re ready for anything when you walk onto an actual stage!

In just a few minutes, you’ll know whether or not you are in command of your music. The performance run-through is a fast, furious, and highly efficient process that will test your readiness for performing in public.



Books by David Motto:



THE TEN MINUTE BASS VIRTUOSO
THE TEN MINUTE
BASS VIRTUOSO
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ESSENTIAL SIGHTREADING STUDIES FOR ELECTRIC BASS -- COMPLETE 3-VOL. SET
ESSENTIAL
SIGHTREADING STUDIES
FOR ELECTRIC BASS
COMPLETE 3-VOL. SET

-EBOOK/PDF VERSION-



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ESSENTIAL SIGHTREADING STUDIES FOR BASS, 3 Vol. set
ESSENTIAL
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PLAY BASS TODAY
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BEGINNING
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