I'm completely at ease when recording at home. It's one of the most enjoyable aspects of being a musician.
Usually in someone else's studio I'm okay too, but if there's a difficult personality producing I can get kind of stressed out. I've seen one in particular who was erratic, sweaty, and temperamental. Luckily he sold his studio.
Tips? Preparation, practice (including practice at recording), rest, hydration, comfortable seating, decent lighting, good headphone signal, thorough warm-ups, no time restraints, starting on time, mature relationship skills, no distractions, no hangers-on in the studio, no drugs or booze, frequent breaks, stretching...
Even just recording on an iPhone or a Zoom recorder, it's unbelievable how I seize up. Sounds like first day playing guitar. As mentioned above, do it more. Do it daily. I also realized I need to stop fussing with stopping and starting. Just start and let it run. Edit later. My Zoom has a nice auto stop/start feature. At band practice, I set it up, and forget about it.
I have red light fever all the time. In a proper studio with engineer, producer, band members....all the time. It eventually dissipates but the first take....yikes!!!
If it's recording at home or a writing session or a performance (gig) recording, I'm good.
My first time recording I couldn't nail this one part that I had played live many times. It was killing me. As soon as the drummer said he'd step in and lay it down I got it next take. I wanted it to be all me on the recording I guess
A lot of it comes down to "self talk" IME. I'm a navel gazer by nature so I try to identify what I think might actually "go wrong" in the situation. After challenging these "worst case scenarios", I usually conclude they're unlikely to occur and would have no lasting effect on me even if they did.
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