It’s no secret that learning a musical instrument (or anything, really) requires practice. The process of studying is something that provokes mixed emotions of joy, fulfilment, and many other positive feelings, but it can be frustrating too at times. The root of this frustration, self-doubt and fear can also affect ones ability to perform to their full potential and enjoy doing so; call it performance anxiety or stage fright, it’s a problem that needlessly affects many.
The Inner Game of Music by Barry Green helps us to remember important aspects of natural learning, and teaches us how to get into the correct frame of mind when confronted by such mental obstacles. For all levels of musicians, there is guidance for how to overcome the frustrations of practice and the fear of performing.