One of things that we try to teach is how to play to an audience. Many guitar students take a long time to break through a certain amount of inhibition. We’re not talking about stage fright and all that kind of stuff. Even if the student is relaxed and confident on stage there usually is a kind of shyness and holding back. In many ways, performing music is a lot like acting. Most successful performers assume a bit of a persona. They make be quiet and unassuming, for example, but on stage they are able to drop that and fully communicate with the audience.

Tommy Emmanuel is a great example of a guitarist that relates totally to his audience. Whether you like his music or not, it’s hard not to be captivated by his performance.

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