Beyond Stage Fright - Inspired Performance

Week 1 - Day 5

The Beta-Blocker Debate

So what about the Beta-Blocker debate? Is it good to take them to help with nerves or isn’t it? A lot of musicians do take them and yet, they’re still quite a taboo issue. Musicians rarely talk about the whole topic freely. It’s important to understand one key issue about Beta-Blockers and that’s how they work. Beta-Blockers will calm an excessive physical response to performance stress, by slowing your heart rate and blocking the release of stress hormones, but they won’t do anything for the emotional & psychological response....

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