"Hi, Larry Conger again with 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 could 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 in situations that you can control. 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 then this should help you, ultimately, get over your fear of performing in public."