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I made so many mistakes this might as well be a "Spot the wrong notes" exercise for a college course in Basic Musicianship...this was in front of many, many friends and people I know very well at the School of Music, too. frown


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Good on you for posting it. I messed up majorly in a public performance last year and I haven't been able to bring myself to listen to the recording, lol.

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Why did you choose to post it if had a lot of wrong notes?

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Yes, yes, we can hear the occasional clinker. I didn't have the score in front of me, so I may have missed some.

Like Bruce, I'm not sure what to say. I guess I really don't understand the overly self-deprecating approach to public posting. You're far from alone in saying, "oh, I messed up big time ... just listen to my awful playing .... woeful awful playing, don't you think!"

But in truth, I don't find this a very productive way to have a conversation. If you think your playing here is not representative, why post it publicly? If you yourself fully understand your errors, and know that they are just slips that aren't the norm, then what is to be gained by flogging yourself? View the video privately to learn from it.

On the other hand, if you want serious discussion of your approach to this piece, and to music more generally, then don't begin by drawing attention to potentially the wrong thing (little slips of the hand). Acknowledge the slips, but ask more specifically about what it is you want people here to focus on in order to help you.

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"Disaster" is too strong a word, imo. It probably felt like a disaster, but it's really more like, "Maybe should have had Wheaties for breakfast today and put a banana on top."

I'm with debrucey. Good for you for posting it. It is what it is. (Or, it was what it was! grin ) My hat is off to you for forging ahead through the adversity and keeping it musical! You kept the flow and played expressively!

Chalk it up to experience, my man, put it behind you, and keep that piece ready to play at a moment's notice! laugh


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Also, what Piano*Dad said! grin


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My main suggestion would be to play it somewhat faster. I checked tht timing for several Youtube performances by "great pianists" and most were around 6:00.

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Originally Posted by Piano*Dad

Like Bruce, I'm not sure what to say. I guess I really don't understand the overly self-deprecating approach to public posting. You're far from alone in saying, "oh, I messed up big time ... just listen to my awful playing .... woeful awful playing, don't you think!"


Well, the overly self-deprecating posts do seem like a standard PWF m.o. Based on my limited observations, I thought the canonical response usually goes something like: "if only I can have more of your disasters!" But perhaps that kind of adulation is only reserved for members of the PWF inner sanctum rather than forum newbies.

To the OP: despite the mistakes, I think you conveyed the mood well. I thought it had a nice flow and expressive dynamic contrasts. That nocturne is a lovely piece, and a few rough patches do not detract from the overall performance. I realize you must feel a bit disappointed with yourself, but I doubt your friends and others in the audience considered it a disaster.

If you are going to keep on working on the piece, I do agree with pianoloverus about speeding it up a bit.

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Thanks for all the wonderful comments! I will consider my interpretation again. smile

P.S. Here's a better recording of that piece I did a couple weeks ago, done in a practice room:



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I'm sorry, but I have to disagree with you (imperfection).
I spotted 2 mistakes and you just kept playing like nothing happened. I'm not familiar with the piece you played, but I still think it was a rather succesful performance. I'm horrible at getting over my my own mistakes like you did, and that actually made the performance seem even better to me. And the most important thing is that it sounded very nice and pianistic.

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I advise people not to talk about their "mistakes" after a performance. The people who noticed them do not need to be reminded, and the people who did not do not need to know.


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Originally Posted by BDB
I advise people not to talk about their "mistakes" after a performance. The people who noticed them do not need to be reminded, and the people who did not do not need to know.


That's nice, BDB! I'm keeping that one!!! grin


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Originally Posted by BDB
I advise people not to talk about their "mistakes" after a performance. The people who noticed them do not need to be reminded, and the people who did not do not need to know.


Fantastic advice. Thanks! laugh


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