"I've been given the opportunity to be organist at First Baptist Church in Boise and have been playing every other week a prelude and postlude, but I get very nervous and have a very hard time focusing on the music. I started with a very easy piece, prelude #1 from Bach's Preludes and Fugues, book 1 and the postlude was Christ Lag in Todesbanden BWV 625. (learned a long time ago when taking lessons) Both went well but very hard to focus. The last prelude I played was Bach's Sleepers Awake, but both my hands were trembling and it was easy to lose my place in the music. At one point I stopped, backed up a little and started again - something that is not supposed to happen. I've played it perfectly at home. Suggestions? I won't play that again until I stop getting nervous." (Paul)
To be able to focus during a public performance is a critical skill for any organist. We think that it's not really possible to avoid fear. The aim is to learn to control it. Focusing on breathing helps here a lot because your mind will be occupied on something useful. The more you do it in public, the calmer you will feel.
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