What do you find are the best ways to control nerves? I recently auditioned for district orchestra and my scales were one step above "crash and burn", by my own judgement (the judges gave me some decent scores, but I wasn't happy with it at all). I realized that it came down to this: I was nervous, I had the jitters and I couldn't shake them throughout my scales. Throughout my solo and sightreading, it got better, but there was always that block between me and the music--like a sort of haze of nervousness that steps in between you and everything you've worked for for months prior. Do you have any tips about getting rid of this? Or some way to make the effects lesser? I've heard bananas help. Thanks! -TPJ.