When performing music oneself
This chapter presents selected accounts of strong experiences with music when making music, that is, playing or singing, alone or together with others. The accounts have been divided into six groups. The first group contains accounts with feelings and thoughts that musicians have had while making music, as well as before and afterwards. The second group is about occasions when one has had the possibility to play together with more advanced musicians. The third group is about experiences in connection with improvisation. The fourth and fifth groups concern problems that can arise in connection with performing (stage fright, stage nerves), and the fact that the performance can be jeopardized if one becomes too emotionally involved. The last group is about those magical moments when absolutely everything is just perfect and it all goes along by itself.
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