julian94 wrote: ↑
Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:54 pm
The real problem for me when playing classical guitar for other people is that i barely listen and perceive my playing, i.e., the music itself.
Of course, i perceive the notes, but not so much the music as a whole. And therefore i play sort of "blind" and with a lot of tension and worry because i actually don't listen to myself when playing.
It's useful to recognize that so much of our time in the practice room is spent tuned into the technical aspects of each note we play: Was that tone right? Did that note buzz?, Did I connect those two notes? Did I hold that one long enough? What fingering am I using? These are things we have to focus on intently from our first day with the guitar. A performance is not about these things; but our training makes us so sensitive to them. Any little technical error during a performance tends to pull our attention down into the technical weeds and away from the message.
Recordings help us hear this. A flub that sounds huge while we are playing is usually much less so on a recording.
Recognize also, that we are trained to hear every flaw but our audiences are not. I am always amazed at the technical errors I have learned to hear in professional music. Stuff I listened to for decades, I'll now listen to and find myself saying, "Wow, did he ever flub that!"
"An amateur is he who takes up the study of an instrument as a relaxation from his serious occupations." -- Sor