"Hi, Larry Conger with yet another Habit for Your Healthy Music Habitat.
I want to talk a little bit about performance anxiety, which so many people seem to suffer from.
One thing that I like to suggest to people is:
Find a place to play in public where you're not under the microscope.
In other words, playing background music. It can be at a farmer's market, a local restaurant, a wedding reception, even. People aren't really listening to every note you play.
So, in order to get over this performance anxiety (some people refer to it as "stage fright") you need to force yourself to get out into situations that you can control. In other words, situations where you aren't under that microscope.
Sit in the background and play in front of those people and I'm sure they're going to enjoy it, whether they're listening to every note you play, or not.
And this should help you, ultimately, to get over your fear of performing in public."