Blog Posts - Performance Anxiety

Article for Pianist magazine e-newsletter

I am delighted to be contributing regular articles on piano playing, aimed at amateur pianists, to Pianist magazine’s monthly e-newsletter. My latest article discusses the value of performing for the amateur pianist, a case of feel the fear ...
by The Cross-Eyed Pianist on Jun 26, 2013

The Importance of Body Language

Great TED video on body language by Harvard Associate Professor Amy Cuddy.We all use our right hemispheres to read body language and derive information from it. Some of what is covered in this fascinating talk is:Many familiar body language expressio...
by New York Neurofeedback Blog on Jun 24, 2013

Fear of Failure Prevents Success

How fear of failure can paralyze you From an early age humans learn to be afraid of failing. Fear of failing and its cousin fear of being evaluated by others has a survival value some of the time. People who … Continue reading →...
by counseolrssoapbox on Jun 19, 2013

Stage fright #1: are we too ashamed to talk about it?

The first of a series of guest posts on understanding and coping with stage fright by pianist, educator and author Charlotte Tomlinson. Charlotte will feature in a forthcoming At the Piano interview. Imagine this scenario: one of the world’s finest...
by The Cross-Eyed Pianist on Apr 12, 2013

How to appear confident (when you’re not feeling it)

A guest post from Grace Miles, founder of, a blog about the musician lifestyle. She helps pianists get the most out of music with psychology. Remember the “spotlight”? When all eyes are on you, every little action feels 100 ti...
by The Cross-Eyed Pianist on Nov 16, 2012

The Inner Game of Music

I am posting a link to pianist Alisdair Hogarth’s excellent recent blog article in which he discusses concert preparation and overcoming performance anxiety. The article contains much useful food for thought, for both professional and amateur m...
by The Cross-Eyed Pianist on Sep 19, 2012

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