How to practice?
Short notes by Roberto Prosseda

1. Facing the audience

Every time a musician is about to perform in concert, a great opportunity arises: that of sharing the beauty of the music with a large number of people. And yet at times the situation may generate negative reactions: the fear of not being up to the task, of making mistakes, or, put briefly, performance anxiety. And the problem is not always resolved with experience: there are well known cases of great artists who even after thousands of concerts still suffer from stage fright. Personally, I think the best approach for a healthy and positive relation with the audience is to focus your attention on the music, on the beauty of being able to share it with people who have come to the concert in search of well-being, in the hope of enriching their lives through listening to musical masterpieces. Certainly, most of the audience is made up of men and women who are well disposed, ready to receive a gift from an artist who places his/her individual sensibility at the service of music and its sharing. By concentrating on this thought it is easier to banish the fears, and make the performance more intense, taking full advantage of the attentive listening of the audience. Once this virtuous circle has been established, the concert becomes a magical moment, and even any small imperfections pass unnoticed, as the ear is focused on following a message at a superior level of intensity. It is not always simple to place yourself in this condition, but it is surely important to try. And if the result is gratifying, it will be thanks both to the performer and the audience: a concert is a collective event, where all the participants have an active role and contribute to its success.

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