“You play guitar… play something for me”

If the confidence isn’t there…

Those words are enough to stop anyone in their tracks.

And rightly so… playing in front of others can be scary…

I’m not necessarily talking about being in a band... or playing at open mics…

But having the confidence to play in everyday situations.

Playing for a friend…

Playing for a partner…

Playing music with some friends who might play...

Many people I talk to would like to do it…

But the nerves get in the way…

And I get it…

I used to be terrified of playing in front of other people.

Can You Learn To Confidently Play In Front Of Others?

I would cease up… My heart started to race…

My palms becoming sweaty...

And I would lose control of my hands as they started to shake.

Those same chords that were effortless before…

Now felt like I was a beginner starting all over again.

And then all the “what if” thoughts started going through my head…

“What if I f**k up?”

“What if they don’t like it?”’

Here’s the worst part…

Even just the thought of playing in front of someone was enough to make these feelings bubbling up.

The question becomes…

Can you learn to confidently play in front of others?

And the answer is yes…

Can You Learn To Confidently Play In Front Of Others?

But the journey isn’t comfortable…

Learning to play in front of others is like trying to overcome a fear…

It’s possible to jump in at the deep end… but doesn’t feel good.

Instead… it’s all about taking baby steps…

Slowly building up to whatever level you want to get to.

The very first step doesn’t require anyone to watch you… except yourself.

To start to grow confidence… a camera will become your best friend.

If you want to give it a try… take anything you’re working on…

And record yourself playing it on camera.

Can You Learn To Confidently Play In Front Of Others?

This is the first baby step.

It’ll feel a little strange the first time you try it…

But it does get easy over time.

I hope this little tip has been useful…

Especially to those of you who would like to get more confident playing in front of others.

If nothing else… it’s also a nice little way to keep track of your playing… and how you’re progressing.

Darryl “taking his first baby steps” Powis

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