Fearless Performance by Jeff Nelsen

Play Like Me.

When we decide to "make sure" of something in performance, we might be making a destructive choice. Making sure takes extra control that might actually get in the way. 
Keeping my approaches to preparation and performance the same is one of my important goals.  I always train to play my best regardless of whether no one or thousands of people are listening.  
Through training like this, it's simply me and my music every time.  In theory, now I never have to "make sure" to play my best.  I make it a habit to always play my best, both technically and musically.
My best can always be better (and I work on this too!), but mastering my mental game is about training myself to consistently perform to the best of my abilities. 
This concept was best summed up during a lunch with New York Philharmonic's principal hornist Phil Myers.  He said,

Jeff Nelsen
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