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I don't know how many of you out there are musicians, but I just played a concetino for somethin or another, some minor gig and I was performing my piece memorized for the first time, I had it solid but I had a memory slip near the end :/ I'm trying not to beat myself up too much about it, but it was just... bad :oops: any'o you guys had a bad gig? I have trouble bouncing back after I humiliate myself... meh :frustrated:

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One time, I was the only person who had to play bells, and the lights were hot, so I played too loud and the rest of the band hated me for it. Then, I had to switch to drums, like a practice pad, and cae in late and started in the wrong spot. I hated that soo much.

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Yaaaa I know the feeling all too well, I'm beatin mehself up...

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Well, whatever you do, don't show it. Mistakes happen to everybody (musicians or otherwise), so if the audience sees you grimace, or make some face, or stiffen, or give some clue, then they'll know that you aren't doing something right. But honestly, the audience won't have a clue, because they don't (usually) have the music in front of them. And the best thing about music audiences, they are extremely understanding, especially if there are other musicians in the audience (hint: there are!). So don't worry about it, and move on to the next one. If you are so motivated, use that as inspiration to keep practicing well so you won't do it again next time.

From here, the main point is your attitude. Get past it and you will succeed. Or get hung up on it and consistently drain your will. That is your choice. Memorization can be tricky, but repetition is key. The other thing you have to think about is a plan in case you don't remember something, because you never know when that will happen.

The professionals don't use it often, but they always have a backup plan. Use the music to look for a place you will hit, spot-on, every single time you play it, and when the memory lapse occurs, go back there. Especially as a soloist, that tends to work. But you must make sure you alert the correct people to your plans. That would be either an accompanist, or the conductor, or whoever is helping with your piece (educator, adjudicator, etc.)

Don't give up on it because you had one bad gig. They happen to everybody, the important part is how you grow from it.

Hope this helps.

AEPMT :mrgreen: ;) 8-)

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I don't play an instrument anymore, but I know how it feels to screw up in public. The key is to not care what other people think of you and just move on with your life.

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I've performed on piano quite a few times, and yeah the couple of first times are quite daunting, but the more I play the more confident I get, and I can play to a point now where I can pass off my mistakes as little intended variations. You'll find most of the audience don't know better anyway, and generally if I'm very nervous about performing I try to slip on an apathetic persona where I try not to really care. I play best when my mentality is "you're here because you want to hear -me- play," as opposed to "oh damn all these people are going to judge me."

Fortunately I've never suffered from a memory blank before, except one time I was singing (I can't sing by the way...) I sang a verse twice, but in essence no one really cared anyway.

My advice is don't let these early mistakes bother you! Playing for people is very different to playing at home. AEP is right on the money - say for instance you were at a (non professional small) gig and someone you saw made a massive mistake would you think "Oh that person is terrible they can't play at all?" Of course not! Especially with music being the one thing that everyone wants to know how to do, everyone knows that it takes tremendous skill and most of all dedication to work towards.

Anyway here's my bad slip up: I was playing for a wedding about 2 weeks ago, and I made a massive mistake during the song.. but then I just kept on going like nothing happened. So when the bride and groomed thanked me for playing their ceremony, I told them I was sorry I made a few adjustments to the song, to which they said they didn't notice a thing. I did feel a bit bad knowing that that's going to be replaying on their wedding tapes, but you know you can't really let that get you down. I know I did my best.

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thanks guys! Helps a lot!! :D

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