This is a repost from another section, but I thought it would belong here...
Hi, I'm in Brazil.
First of all, excuse me for my English because this is not my native language.
With a lot of focus I have achieved some independence in the hands satisfactorily, but still far from being master.
I received Arthur's book recently, although I first met him on YouTube, learned some licks, and then bought the book.
I have suffered more with the walking bass, I still transfer a lot of tension to the hands, but I have been working on it.
I'd like an Arthur tip about how to handle the nervousness of playing in public. In my case, even playing piano for people close to me (friends), they all keep their eyes on my hands and I start to tense and soon my hands begin to stiffen and the nervousness takes care of me. How to stay calm and secure when you are the center of attention?
It sounds funny, and it really is. But it is difficult to overcome this. :)