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It is tough to be on stage – hands become cold, legs visibly tremble, and shivers run through our spines. Even after years of practice of standing before an audience, I still feel a bit nervous before a new audience. And, if it comes to singing, I generally start off on a wrong note. Imagine the condition of professional musicians who have to perform well before a discerning audience. To tackle stage-phobia, some performers take alcohol or anxiety-reducing drugs. However, some amount of anxiety is important for musical performance – it keeps them on your toes so that they are attentive. So, how do these musicians balance the need for some anxiety and excessive nervousness?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/classicalmusic/10920925/Stage-fright-classical-musics-dark-secret.html

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