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Re: Another recital bomb [Re: Chrispy] #2745785 06/20/18 03:29 AM
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Originally Posted by squidbot
Well, this was my 2 year recital. I played the pieces quite well to myself, during lessons and in my piano meetup. Got to the recital, nerves kicked in and I blew it. I forgot to play one whole section of my waltz, had multiple finger fumbles and just generally had a poor showing.

On the bright side, my ability to recover from errors and not having to start over was a win over last year!

Anyway, for all you AB's, you're not alone if you've had a bad recital. For the record though, I find them valuable and really do want to be able to play in front of an audience one day and actually entertain them smile In fact, my teacher had been considering adding a winter recital, and I think I've convinced him it would be a good thing to have more.

Anyway, back to my regular practicing!

Don't give up!!!
It will go better next time. Do 150 gigs.
It will not bother after that.


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Re: Another recital bomb [Re: Chrispy] #2745817 06/20/18 09:12 AM
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Squidbot, Does your teacher have other adult students? He might be willing to provide a time and place for you to meet and play for each other in an informal setting. Or you could organize it yourself. Playing in front of a small group of other adults who also want to gain experience performing is less stressful than the once or twice a year recital setting, especially if there are kids and their parents in attendance. That way you will get more performance exposure in a lower stakes setting.



Re: Another recital bomb [Re: PianogrlNW] #2745939 06/20/18 06:21 PM
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Originally Posted by PianogrlNW
Squidbot, Does your teacher have other adult students? He might be willing to provide a time and place for you to meet and play for each other in an informal setting. Or you could organize it yourself. Playing in front of a small group of other adults who also want to gain experience performing is less stressful than the once or twice a year recital setting, especially if there are kids and their parents in attendance. That way you will get more performance exposure in a lower stakes setting.


He does, and he did smile I'm also take part in a monthly "piano forum" where I meet up with a group of mostly incredibly experienced players and we play for each other and chat. I performed both of these pieces nearly flawlessly in the forum. My nerves got the best of me in the recital.

To be forthright, I posted this partly because a couple people listening to my online recital piece wondered how I did in the recital, but mostly because I wanted other AB's out there to see they aren't the only ones who don't do well in recitals. I'm not embarrassed or ashamed about the recital (well, TBH my wife took a video of it and I might be a little embarrassed to share that) but proud that I got up there at all and performed in front of people with a skill I only picked up a couple of years ago.


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Re: Another recital bomb [Re: Rob Mullins] #2745948 06/20/18 08:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Rob Mullins


Don't give up!!!
It will go better next time. Do 150 gigs.
It will not bother after that.
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Since this the ABF forum, how can any of us expect to play 150 gigs?

Re: Another recital bomb [Re: Chrispy] #2746791 06/24/18 07:25 PM
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I completely bombed my first recital recently.

My teacher allows us to use music if needed. I can’t memorize anything.

I felt well prepared. My teacher thought I was well prepared. I played my piece on the recital piano before the recital. I wasn’t especially nervous. But I lost my place in the music. I started over, so now I am crazy nervous. Happened again, at a different place. I wasn’t able to finish. It was a horrible, embarrassing experience. It’s pretty much killed my joy of playing, as I felt like a complete fool, and I had to have embarrassed my teacher.

I don’t know if I’ll attempt it again. My teacher has recently assigned me an item that is really challenging to read so, maybe that will help. The whole problem of losing my place is not a new thing for me, though I’m a pretty good music reader.

So, don’t feel like you’re the only one.


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