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Joshua Bell - 'I often have to battle negative thoughts on stage' / theStrad

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by Joshua Bell - Nerves can be a blessing and a curse. Certainly a degree of nervous energy can give an excitement to your playing – and can mean you have more reserves at your disposal when you need them on stage.

It does depend on the level of fear, however. There's good nervous energy – the kind where you feel excited, like paying to ride a roller coaster. But outright fear is bad – where you would rather be anywhere else but on stage! You definitely want to avoid that kind of stress, and the best way is through preparation – the more prepared you are, the less of that kind of fear you will experience.

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