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#1003358 - 10/24/05 07:57 AM Now I feel better  
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Saturday my daughter was in an honors recital, for the kids who got the best ratings in a recent audition. These are some of the best young pianists in the area. Lots of really nice music.

What made me feel better was seeing how many of them made nervous mistakes. One of the teenagers, who had received a Superior Plus rating in the audition on a gorgeous and difficult piece, blanked out in the middle of her piece, restarted it two more times, and finally just gracefully stood up, bowed, and walked back to her seat. Obviously she had not done that at her audition!

So it is not only me who gets nervous!

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#1003359 - 10/24/05 08:26 AM Re: Now I feel better  
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Okay, Frau Schadenfreude!

Just kidding! laugh laugh

I felt the same way watching figure skating yesterday. These are the best skaters in the world and they were making mistakes and falling.

I was very impressed that after making mistakes, like falling on their butts, they got right up without skipping a beat, continued their skating, and ended their performances with smiles on their faces.

I don't think I appreciated how hard it is to do that until I started playing the piano.

A sports commentator asked one of the skaters how she felt when she fell down on one of the jumps. She responded that she didn't dwell on it, that she put it out of her mind, and focused on the rest of her routine.

Sorry this is a bit off topic.

#1003360 - 10/24/05 01:10 PM Re: Now I feel better  
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That is one thing that frustrates me, also.

Some weeks I go to my lesson very very practiced and expect to do well, and I "clutch" and mess the pieces up.

Recently, I went to the recital with a piece that had an error-ridden section that I could NOT get right. At the lesson, it went flawlessly.

That's why it must be awful to be a concert pianist. When you are on the stage, you cannot afford to have a bad night. Whether you are tired, or distracted, or have a headache, you have to "deliver."

Nice to hear about the young people trying their wings like this.


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#1003361 - 10/24/05 10:33 PM Re: Now I feel better  
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Originally posted by Laura D:
One of the teenagers, who had received a Superior Plus rating in the audition on a gorgeous and difficult piece, blanked out in the middle of her piece, restarted it two more times, and finally just gracefully stood up, bowed, and walked back to her seat.
Wow. You gotta give that young lady a tremendous amount of credit for maintaining her composure during what had to have been a nightmare for her. I get bent out of shape if I mess up a song just playing for my husband.

And Soleil_nuage, I don't think the figure skater analogy is off topic at all. The ability to put a mistake behind me and concentrate on the rest of the routine/piece is what I am striving for. I know that everybody makes mistakes, and I will always continue to make mistakes. But what frustrates me is that the mistakes get me anxious and that breeds more mistakes. I would love to be able to react as the professionals do. I don't know how they manage that, though. I suspect it involves just putting yourself in performance settings repeatedly and forcing yourself to go on through the errors.


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#1003362 - 10/25/05 12:52 AM Re: Now I feel better  
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I used to be terribly nervous in the old days when asked to play for an audience, be it large or small. Until I found out that hardly anybody paid attention to what I was doing. 6 bars into my piece, and their minds were on tomorrows dinners or last nights escapades or whatever else might come to mind. Of course, it was a little disconcerting to find out that I was not the center of the universe after all. But I got over it, and now I play wherever and whenever without a nerve in my body.


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#1003363 - 10/26/05 11:22 PM Re: Now I feel better  
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Originally posted by Laura D:
[b] One of the teenagers, who had received a Superior Plus rating in the audition on a gorgeous and difficult piece, blanked out in the middle of her piece, restarted it two more times, and finally just gracefully stood up, bowed, and walked back to her seat.
Wow. You gotta give that young lady a tremendous amount of credit for maintaining her composure during what had to have been a nightmare for her. I get bent out of shape if I mess up a song just playing for my husband.

And Soleil_nuage, I don't think the figure skater analogy is off topic at all. The ability to put a mistake behind me and concentrate on the rest of the routine/piece is what I am striving for. I know that everybody makes mistakes, and I will always continue to make mistakes. But what frustrates me is that the mistakes get me anxious and that breeds more mistakes. I would love to be able to react as the professionals do. I don't know how they manage that, though. I suspect it involves just putting yourself in performance settings repeatedly and forcing yourself to go on through the errors. [/b]
I was going to say the same thing.

John


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