December 9, 2016 at 12:47 PM
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Hmm if it’s cold in the area you’re performing, then yeah you should definitely do some warm-up exercises before you perform. Maybe do one of Alem’s tutorials real fast or something.
If it’s not cold specifically where you’re performing, it probably just means you’re nervous or anxious about the performance. Our psych can have a huge effect on how dry and stiff your mouth is before/during a performance. Some tactics I use to combat this are:
1) Take deep breaths. And not just like those shoulder/chest breaths, I mean like use your entire abdomen to breath. This sounds superrr cliché but it actually can really help.
2) Go ahead and talk and joke with people right before you go on about completely unrelated thing. That can loosen your muscles up and also calm you down cuz you’re distracting yourself with bants.
3) Tell yourself you got this! Don’t focus on messing up. Focus on how awesome you are and how hard you’ve worked to get to this point. Positive thinking can go a long way!