At your lesson or when playing for someone else, do you "manage" expectations? Occasionally? Often? Very purposely or is it more or less automatic?
always, lest you be disappointed every
time things don't turn out perfectly (which is often).
By 'manage expectations' I'm thinking of a situation where you "warn" your teacher or audience that something in what you are about to play is not up to where you think (or you think your teacher thinks) it should be, quality-wise. Examples would be, "This is still not up to tempo," or "The trill in measure 18 is still rough."
If you have to apologize in advance, you didn't prepare well enough or you had/have unrealistic expectations. Either way, nobody wants to hear it (the apology - not the playing; put yourself in their shoes). Just play as best you can and make note - or listen to your teacher's/audience's notes - after as to what to improve on and more importantly, how
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Do you manage expectations? How does it psychologically benefit (if it does at all) you or your teacher/audience? Teachers, your thoughts welcome as well.
I neither warn nor apologize for my performances, however I do manage my own expectations because if I didn't, I'd likely feel awful after most performances and not want to continue doing it. Most performances are about sharing what you've been working on - not impressing or showing off (while there is
a time and a place for that, it's more with pieces that are extremely polished).