If you’re about to play piano in front of your first audience, you might be a little scared. People almost always tend to think about what could go wrong instead of what they can do to prevent something to go wrong.
Here are some tips that may help you on your big day:
* Prepare your music:
You need to know for how long you’re going to play the piano, if there are going to be any breaks, etc. Only by knowing all the details you can proper schedule the music you’re going to play.
* Engage with your audience:
If you never played live before and you’re not very comfortable in this position, it may be a little hard at first. But all you need to do is to focus on your goal. You learned how to play piano, you play well, and now you can show that to people.
The best way you have to engage with your audience is by playing piano with your heart. Make sure that you show the people you love the music you possess, how a specific music makes you feel when you play it. Even if you’re not comfortable on stage, people will notice your emotion and they will love your music.
* Play for some friends and family first:
If this is the first time you’re going to play piano for an audience, you can “test” yourself by inviting some friends and family over and play for them. Although you might feel nervous, you just need to think that they’re here to help; not to judge you. So, just embrace your music and play with your heart.
* Accept their comments / criticisms:
You invited your family and friends for one reason: so they can give you their honest opinion about you. So, please make sure you don’t get mad if you don’t like something they say. Just take on whichever negative things they point out (if any), and try to turn them into positive ones.
* Time to get to stage:
Now you can say that this isn’t the first time you play piano for an audience and this should make you feel more confident. These people are there to listen to you, to listen to your music. So, just have fun. Enjoy. This is your moment. The moment you’ve been waiting for. Don’t let your nerves get in the way.
* Cater to the audience’s enjoyment:
When you’re on stage, you just can’t ignore your audience. You need to make sure they are liking your performance. So, you can even improvise. Imagine there’s a couple who seem pretty much in love. You can dedicate a song to them. This way the entire public will be more engaged as well. These are the kinds of details that people like to see. So, make sure you’re alert and spot any chance you have to interact directly with your audience.