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On Competitions-Dealing with Performance Stress by Denis Azabagic

One of the most stressful situations that a music student (or any performer) encounters during his or her studies is the day, the hour or the moment of the performance. Whether it is a first lesson, entrance exam, graduation recital, audition, or music competition, there is always the presence of this inner fight with our nerves. Having participated in more then 35 International Guitar/Music Competitions, the author shares his experiences and insights from those events. You will find advice that relates to guitar performers and their specific ideas concerning competitions and repertoire, but mainly the book focuses on how to deal with the issue of stage fright, self control and how to deliver to the best of your abilities. Self doubt is part of all of us and enclosed are ways to control it, not to eliminate it. In essence the book is intended for anyone who plays an instrument, including vocalists, at any level (professional, amateur).

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