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Posted in Play: October 2017
We have come to one of the greatest fears the artists have when they are in front of an audience or a jury: the fear of making mistakes. It can occur at any time, even when you are well prepared but also when you least expect it. It is important to find an appropriate attitude in such a situation. It is not easy to accept your own mistakes and to go on with a smile on your face as if nothing had happened. I can tell you from my own experience that we often tend to exaggerate our own mistakes, giving them too much importance when they occur in our performance on stage.
Sometimes we make mistakes exactly in the places where we are afraid, but it is not a rule and it does not always happen that way. Maybe it happened to you to make a mistake in a simple place where you have never done before. We all have gone through this experience because nobody can be 100% focused from beginning till the end. A mistake is not something that you need to be ashamed of, it is natural, after all. It can certainly be frustrating to do mistakes on stage, but what I want to point out, is that a mistake does not diminish the value of your performance and the level at which you are. The best thing you can do is to focus on an excellent, authentic performance, with a personal style of interpretation.
The mistakes that occur during the practice sessions
These are usually more easily accepted than those appearing on the stage, because we can correct them. To minimize them, try to practice the difficult passages by using different rhythms, tempo, or different tones. Repeat the passage separately, but also within the context. Try also to keep your focus and concentration on what you have to do.
The mistakes that may occur during performance
As you can see, no matter how well you are prepared, mistakes can occur. But it is very important to be prepared and have an appropriate reaction to overcome them or to minimize them. If we are talking about a concert, most people will not realize your mistakes, and those who will understand, certainly they will not give them such a big importance.
When we refer to a competition, an exam or an orchestra audition, things are totally different, because here you will be listened by a specialized jury. Your mistakes will be noticed and taken in consideration, but what you can do is to minimize their importance, manage to get over them as quickly as possible and not let them influence your entire performance. Focus on an authentic, convincing interpretation that reflects your personality, and the mistakes will gain secondary importance in the opinion of the jury.
14 Feb 2018 12:44
I wish I had known all this when I had to play piano class auditions and was paralyzed by fear of making mistakes. Thanks for sharing!
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