One of the biggest problems that a musician faces on their road to success is a lack of confidence. You can be the best in the industry, but if you are not confident in your abilities, no record company is going to take special interest in you. Why? The music industry has changed in its level of performance over the years. When you go to a concert, the artist that you are watching probably doesn’t stand still and sing like a timid child. They probably don’t tell you how bad they butchered the last song, and they don’t tell you how horrible they are. It’s not because they are great and they have recognition, it’s because they will be unappealing without showing confidence.
If you are going to play at a show, or play for a family member, or whatever the case may be, if you want to be good you must have confidence. How do you do this? One of the best methods that worked for me in my music career is a pattern of thinking that I like to call, “The stage is yours.” When you play for someone, whether you’re playing for 3 people or 300 people, you have to remember one thing.
They are there for one reason, and that reason is to see you. You already have your fanfare; because they are sitting down to listen to you. The stage is yours. You have every right to use it which ever way you want to, in order to give them what they came for. Being timid about your ability is natural, but needs to stop at some point.
If you think that your not a musician because you only know five chords, then remember this; You know five more chords than almost any body else around you. You will never get better, if you don’t think you’re good to begin with. When you perform, give your music attitude that will leave your audience starving for more. Don’t be shy, because this is extremely noticeable to the people on the outside watching you.
While learning to be confident be sure that you don’t become over confident. This is also extremely important. Nobody likes an arrogant performer that is full of themselves, as it is unappealing. Acknowledge your skill, but don’t try to rub it in. You will make people angry, and no one will listen to the music, because they don’t respect the artist.
So when you get ready to perform, tell yourself the stage is yours, I’m going to show them who I am, and when I’m finished, more people will know my name. Remember that the audience isn’t there to judge you; they are there to enjoy you. If you don’t take yourself seriously, no one else will.