Tom Poore wrote:
I doubt anyone believes it’s possible to always play without mistakes. Concert artists know they’ll make mistakes on stage, and they practice recovering from mistakes as smoothly as possible. But mistake free playing is a goal any serious player must strive for in the practice room. It’s a truism every serious player knows: if I can’t do it in the relaxed solitude of my practice room, then I can’t do it under the pressurized gaze of an audience. Good practicers hold themselves to the highest standard of accuracy in the practice room. That’s clearly implied by the Jason Vieaux quote cited earlier in this discussion. (If Vieaux hits only 80% of what he wants on stage, then imagine how much more accurate he is during practice.)
Mistake free practice is no illusion. Rather, it’s the cornerstone of effective practice. Ignore it at your peril.
South Euclid, OH
I will revise Jason Vieaux's quote. As of a masterclass last night (where I did not perform the piece as well as I had hoped and practiced
(Although I did fine in the rest of the session), His words to me were: "Sometimes if you set the bar unrealistically high for the performance, that can lead to a lot of nervousness. It might be a totally unrealistic expectation. I expect that I will get about 75% in concert of what I get in the practice room when everything is going well and I'm in a lather. If I get 85% -90% in a concert, then that is an "A" game and I don't expect to have an "A" game at every concert. No performer expects to have an "A" game every time; it just isn't realistic. Also, I don't go on stage thinking that I won't make a mistake....of course I will make a mistake....so you have to look at what in particular causes you to be nervous."
[His concert is tonight...and I'm sure I'll be blown away even if it isn't his "A" game.
In my case, he said that I have to perform that particular piece many times in front of an audience for those jitters to go away. He asked me how many times had I performed this in front of an audience (not just in front of my teacher at a lesson), whereupon I answered "this is the second time". He said, "you need about 8-10 times more! Also, for each new piece, it is like starting over; you need to have many performances of the piece in front of an audience
before you might lose that nervousness. For a hobbiest it may be difficult to get those oportunities, but see if you can find coffee houses with open mics. After I've played a piece in concert a few hundred times, I feel comfortable doing so...but with a new piece, you can have what I call those "jitters" until you've played it quite a number of times."
When the sun shines, bask.
Classical Guitar forever!