Mental Training for musicians can open the door to your inner creative energy flow, that lies hidden behind old confined thought patterns.

Many performing musicians experience a marked difference in their performance level in a stressful situation such as an important concert and in a non-stressful practice/rehearsal room situation. The difference can vary considerably.

The concept Psycholohist Inger Murray has developed, through many years teaching at the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, has helped many musicians to successfully overcome their stage fright and performance anxiety.

Inger Murray holds workshops, gives private coaching, both in her private clinic in Copenhagen and on Skype. Her book, which contains the whole concept, has recently translated into English. You can purchase the book “Get rid of your stage fright and performance anxiety” online here.

Stage Fright

 

Stage Fright is a common phenomenon and one which is often based on a negative inner dialogue where the performer’s thoughts are focused on all the things that can go wrong, together with how embarrassing it would be to fail to live up to one’s own expectations and that of others.

A situation arises whereby the performer’s thoughts, and the music being performed, become intertwined and a self-increasing negative process is set in motion leading to a complete breakdown of self-confidence. These thoughts or emotions prevent focus and centering on the music, and drain considerable energy. Further implications can include loss of muscle control, weakness, stiffness, hypertension, trembling/shaking and sweating. That can lead to a stress condition where anxiety of experiencing the same again leads precisely to it happening again and again, and every time it happens it becomes more and more difficult to go on to the concert platform. This anxiety can reach such proportions that it can seriously affect performances and result in traumatic experiences that can lead to a mental block or in some cases, a mental breakdown. Many very talented performers have been forced to give up their careers because of mental block.

It is possible to work with your anxiety, learn what lies behind it and work with the negative thought patterns so that the strong energy that is connected to anxiety can be canalised into music and strengthen your performance, creativity and self-confidence.

It is possible to work with your anxiety, learn what lies behind it and work with the negative thought patterns so that the strong energy that is connected to anxiety can be canalised into music and strengthen your performance, creativity and self-confidence.

 

The people behind Mental Training for Musicians

 

Inger Murray is a graduate in psychology. She has developed a special concept for musicians after having studied for many years the problems performing musicians face in their work. She has travelled extensively with her husband Owen Murray, who is a musician, and that has given her the opportunity to observe professional musicians working in highly stressful situations and the problems they face. This research has also included studying the pressures students face during conservatory education and in examination and competition situations. She has had a great success with her methods and is in constant demand.

Inger Murray holds workshops and also gives individual therapy. She is employed by the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. She has held workshops for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, The Danish Musicians Union, the Danish Flute Association, college music students and members of leading Danish Symphony Orchestras.

Inger Murray is the Director of the Centre for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Her work embraces the treatment of people who have suffered traumatic experiences, who suffer from phobias, mental block and the psychogenic muscle tension.

Symptoms connected to stage fright and performance anxiety:

Problem on the concert platform can include:

  • Weak fingers
  • Shaking/trembling hands
  • Sweaty hands
  • Stiff muscles
  • Heart palpitations
  • Shortness of breath/shallow breathing
  • Upset stomach
  • Poor concentration
  • Inability to focus
  • Racing, out of control thoughts
  • Negative/self-critical thoughts
  • Lack of self-believe in your ability/low self-esteem
  • Anxiety for making mistakes
  • Fear of not living up to other’s expectations

Feeling that the audience is being over critical towards you and doesn’t want you to plat well

  • Inability to be “at one” with the music
  • Fear of fast, technically demanding passages
  • Inability to perform to your full potential
  • Panic attacks
  • Memory loss
  • Mental block
  • Having to abandon your performance
  • Flash-backs of past negative experiences

 

If you can answer yes to two or more of the above questions, Mental Training can help you to overcome problems and achieve your full potential.

I can offer:

  • Techniques to eliminate negative thought patterns
  • Understanding of the nature and origin of anxiety and how to channel its energy into your performance
  • Techniques to help stay focused, centered, and access your energy at that exact time you need it
  • How to achieve a peak performance
  • Work on self-confidence, grounding and breathing
  • Structuring of practise – technically and mentally
  • Work on meditation, visualisation, and energy flow

Focus on how much diet and exercise influence your playing standard together with training programme suggestions

The course will give you access to your creativity, intuition, technical ability, talent and musicality. You will learn how to perform to your maximum ability and how to become “one” with the music you are performing.

  • Have you experienced a mental block or suffered a traumatic experience on the concert platform?
  • Have you had problems with fast technically demanding passages on the concert platform and do these problems still disturb you?
  • Have you had to give up your career because of bad sub-standard performances?
  • During the course, it will be possible, on a private one-to-one basis, to remove and quickly and effectively, any previous negative experiences.

These phenomena can arise irrespective of how well you are prepared and have no relation to your ability.

Problems on the concert platform can lead to a heightened stress level, as previously mentioned, where anxiety of experiencing the same problems again leads precisely to it happening again and again, and every time it becomes more and more difficult to go on to the concert platform.

This stress condition can also influence your daily life in the shape of:

  • Problems with concentration
  • Irritability
  • Over sensitivity for noise
  • Loud sounds startle you
  • Inability to see the overall picture in a pressurised situation
  • Problems in coping with several things simultaneously
  • Forgetfulness/poor memory
  • Insomnia
  • Nightmares
  • Flashbacks in similar situations
  • Avoidance of situations that could remind you of past traumatic experiences
  • Depression
  • Low self-esteem
  • Stage-fright