Gwynedd wrote: ↑
Wed Jun 28, 2017 11:10 am
We're thinking to have a weekly workshop with an eye to performance (my estimable instructor's idea.) I think it's a good plan. The reason I go and embarrass myself once a month is to find a way to play better, and playing when you are performing IS the test. I fool myself into thinking "hey, that sounds pretty darn good" but you know, it may be my ears editing what I'm doing.
For some reason I have the feeling that you are on the wrong path. Take this comment in an absolutely positive way, by no means I am thinking anything negative.
I believe that if you want to improve how you play, going on stage may not be the unique solution. It may be a solution - that I don't know - but probably not the only one. I somehow believe that technique and stage fright are different things. You can work your technique home alone and record yourself - record your practice sessions -, critically listen to yourself or ask your teacher, watch/listen other players and this will lead you to a great technique.
Practicing stage is good imho if your fundamental objective is to share with the audience or if you want to entertain them. Being a good stage performer means that you accomplish just that: please, delight an audience.
Mixing stage and technique improvement is tricky as sometimes - personal experience - you have to let go some technical aspects to improve your stage performance. Let me explain this: I may feel that my tempo is wrong, or I screw up a passage while on stage, but yet I am conscious that what matters is to bring consistence to the piece: I won't immediately change the tempo to rectify things, or will not go back and replay... I have to move on and adjust little by little (and perhaps even repeat a mistake so it's consistent...). Ah, of course, I have no intention to be as good as X, Y or Z... just want to share enjoyable music moments and emotions, my way.