Re: Nerves before lessons
Lots of great advice in previous posts. All i can add is the suggestion of playing in front of other folks. We're not talking taking the stage here. Have your mandolin out if friends come over. They'll ask about it ... then take a deep relaxing breath and you can play something you feel as though you have nailed. The more you do it .. the easier it gets.
"I'm convinced that playing well is not so much a technique as it is a decision. It's a commitment to do the work, strive for concentration, get strategic about advancing by steps, and push patiently forward toward the goal." Dan Crary