Okay, so listen up.
I know, you might be stressed out about starting school, or placement auditions; you might already be at school thinking that everyone is better than you (pro tip: they’re not), you might be worried about playing your concerto at tempo, or soloing with an orchestra, or auditioning for a spot in one. You might just be having a really bad day, and you haven’t even touched your instrument yet. Or maybe you’re having a good day—but I want you to listen:
No matter what you are feeling right now, I want you to take a moment to think about why you love playing your instrument. Think of some time when you were playing and it made you super happy.
And when you’re done with that, I want you to go pick up your instrument and do something with it that makes you feel that way.
Take 15 minutes and just do it.
Play a silly song, get creative with your scales, sight read something on imslp. Pretend your cello is a giant guitar for all I care…just let loose, smile, have fun, and most of all, stop worrying!
You’ve got this; you’re gonna make it!!