One day, I've played for a friend.
In the middle of the piece, he asks loudly "is this really written this way?" - or something like it; I don't remember the exact words (he was talking about a long trill).
I was insulted. What did he expect? That I would stop in the middle of my piece to answer his question?
And I was playing from memory. I feel that he didn't realize that I could have completely lost my focus and not be able to finish - or restart after answering his question if I had stopped.
I'll probably not be playing for him again... or at least, not for him alone.
Lol....just a couple days ago: "People would pay a lot of money for you to teach them how to do that". Um, I really doubt it.....having no degree, poor sight reading skills, unrefined technique, and a pretty rudimentary knowledge of the vast world of music.
Honorable mention: "You've got so much talent!". Please.....if I had talent, with the amount of work I put it, I would be a professional, not a hobbyist. I get this one a lot, and it always bothers me....but I just smile and say "thank you"
I understand that! When people look impressed and tell me "you are lucky to be good like that", I feel uneasy. They mean well, but it is not luck! It is 10 hours a week of practice over months / years... Non musicians seem to think that either you have it or not, but nobody can be good at music without so much practice...
Once, I had someone saying "wow, a real pro" at a poor performance. I knew he meant it, but that wasn't flattering at all. XD