It might seem daunting at first, but one of the best things for your progress as a beginner violin student in Los Angeles is to perform. I'm sure you probably feel like you're not ready and would get too nervous, but the more you get out there the more confident you will be. You will learn a lot from this experience that you won't get from the practice room or a lesson.
If you have ever been to an open mic, you understand the importance of a supportive community of artists. There is a huge difference between a cut-throat environment where people don't appreciate your art versus a selfless one without a sense of competition. When you are beginning violin lessons in Los Angeles, it is crucial to find the right community to perform in. Perhaps the best way to start would be getting a few friends and family together. If you know any friends who are beginners in other instruments, you will have the first taste of playing with another musician. Be careful, it's very addicting!
Go to open mics or jam sessions first so you can get a feel for what it's like, and stay the whole night. Try to find venues you would be comfortable starting out in. If you think you are ready for your first performance, make sure you play in front of a mirror and record yourself first! Another very convenient way to perform and test your audience is to post on social media. Create your own YouTube channel and make it fun and a reflection of your personality and musical styles. Share videos with your friends on Facebook or Instagram followers. Remember Instagram has a one minute limit for videos. Why not combine your art with the opportunity to do good? Retirement homes and hospitals are a wonderful way to do that.
Remember, when performing, choose a piece that best reflects your abilities at 80-85% of your potential technically. This is because you will naturally get nervous during the performance and you want to maintain a level of control when playing in public. You also want to be able to express the music despite your nerves.
Hopefully you have a teacher who encourages you to perform and helps you find opportunities to do so. This blog should have motivated you to start seeking opportunities on your own and discussing them with your instructor. Thanks for reading!
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