Essential Secrets 78: Visualize the Performance
Visualize the Performance
How to Feel Completely At Ease on Stage
Visualization is the process of seeing and feeling what a situation will be like before you’re actually in that situation. An earlier secret, Practice Without Your Bass, discusses using visualization to learn music more quickly and to practice anywhere at any time. Successful bassists also utilize visualization to improve upcoming performances.
This is how it works:
Begin by picturing yourself on stage playing a concert. First, focus on your senses. Pay attention to what you see and hear from the stage. Acknowledge the other musicians. Notice the audience, the lighting, and the temperature. Feel yourself holding your bass. Try to engage all of your senses as you imagine the performance.
Next, pay attention to your thoughts. You want to remain focused on your bass playing without getting distracted by anything in the concert venue. Think about performing accurately and making the music sound exactly the way you want it to sound.
The final step in your visualization is to recognize your emotional reaction to being on your virtual stage. If you have any uncomfortable feelings, you can manipulate and control your emotions so you stay absolutely calm. Remember, this is your visualization. You can affect its outcome.
To make this process extra effective, do an incredibly focused visualization where you envision a specific, crucial part of your performance. Make sure you see and hear yourself being successful. Try to make it feel as real as possible.
Another variation is to carry out a visualization while you’re in your practice space running through your song. While actually playing bass, mentally transport yourself to the performance venue. Picture yourself playing there, and forget all about your practice room. This is an unbelievably powerful process. It’s one of the best-kept success secrets of the world’s most renowned musicians.
Always envision success. You can choose what to think about. Use your imagination to your benefit.
Books by David Motto:
THE TEN MINUTE
FOR ELECTRIC BASS
COMPLETE 3-VOL. SET