I would really like to know how you deal with physical tension while performing (and practicing), in for example situations that might be a bit "pressured". Say if you are doing a gig with a lot of good players, or the gig is extra important to you or something like that.
1. If you notice yourself getting tensed, how do you deal with that? Do you create some form of mental image or focus on your breathing or?
2. Is tension something you have worked on to minimize, or has it never been a problem for you?
I am asking because I have realized lately how important it is to stay relaxed for technical reasons, and for opening up the flow of ideas, and it would be really interesting to hear your experience with this.
P.S. Thanks for all the inspiration! D.S.