Mudcat Café message #3812856 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #160711   Message #3812856
Posted By: Howard Jones
05-Oct-16 - 05:57 AM
Thread Name: 'I never want to perform again!'
Subject: RE: 'I never want to perform again!'
Your performance was probably far better than you give it credit for. We are often our own worst critics. However being self-critical is good, it means you want to improve. Far better that than those who don't know or don't care that their performance is poor.

What you are describing is lack of confidence. "The audience seemed appreciative and there were no blunders", but you still doubt yourself. The answer to this is practice. If you know the song well, and are well prepared, confidence will follow. If you have confidence you will deliver the song better, are less likely to make mistakes.

If you should make a mistake, Will is quite right, 9 times out of 10 the audience won't have noticed so no need to draw it to their attention. The 10th time, if you can laugh it off and carry on you'll keep them on your side.

Practice and prepare.