Being nervous can definitely affect the church pianist! I can remember my early years of playing for church….knees knocking together….heart beating fast, etc. I could barely keep my foot on the damper pedal for my leg shaking so bad! Ever been there?
I enjoy visiting our local nursing homes and playing the piano for the elderly. Sometimes I will play an upcoming offertory for church at the nursing home; allowing me the opportunity to share the piece in a more relaxed setting before playing it at church.
Joy Morin, of Color in My Piano shares some practical tips for the nervous pianist.