Let me set the scene here, I used to play in top class (blues) bands in London. I had a little nervousness at first but it quickly evaporated as I gained confidence. Meanwhile, 20 years later, I get up in a pub to play some '60s style instrumentals tonight and all the strings and notes were not in the same place as they were when I practiced them in the past few weeks at home. I was shaking uncontrollably. Admittedly, not my comfort zone, it is 50 years since I played this kind of music before. How do you get over nerves on stage? I am loath to go down the alcohol route!