I have not come because I feel so very well. I don’t think you can give me any advice on this!
Playing my flute met with some obstacles of learning. But I got over my lack of self-confidence by reading a book on performance anxiety and doing some mirror work. (Rome is not built in one day; remember how we start scribbling letter by letter and take it for granted when we write here or elsewhere without a shred of difficulty)
My wife, Brigid, gave me a soft toy which I cherish (photo attached). With it I go to the mirror, I put James Galway who plays divinely, and I imitate him in front of the mirror. The smile is my own though, so is the pleasure to listen to such extraordinary music.
It boosted me so much that I decided to perform at our church patron saint festival (St John the Baptist). There is a barbeque, lots of people will be milling around on the green, and I shall play the three exam pieces in front of all these prospective fans! the church. I think I shall explain to them why I chose to start learning the flute in January – to improve my breathing and improve my bronchiectasis.
I still read loads of your posts. I feel many a time that I am out of depth to reply, as I am only affected with bronchiectasis and treated for low white blood cell count.
I take my vitamins (D, C and A + zinc for the immune system) and I feel super!
I hope you do too.