- - Reduce nerves and stage fright
- - Increase performance confidence
- - Increase focus
Decide what you’re going to run through (a segment, whole movement, or the whole performance), and sit comfortably in a quiet space without your instrument.
Close your eyes and begin to imagine the performance venue (if you’ve never played there before, see if you can get a picture).
Try and picture every detail:
- How light/dark is it?
- How big is the space?
- Where are you on stage?
- How many people are there?
- Can you see them?
- What are you wearing?
- Can you feel your clothes?
- Do you feel warm or cold?
- How does your instrument feel in your hands?
Play through what you’ve chosen in your head as if it was the ideal concert.
- Hear your incredible sound and feel what it’s like to make it.
- “Play” each phrase as you’ve imagined and practised it.
- Keep in mind all the musical aspects of your "performance": phrasing, colours, tempo, timing, etc.
Notice how you feel after the “performance” and how your body has reacted to the practice. For best results, start this practice at least 2 weeks before a performance, but don't overdo it as this is very mentally tiring!