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Forgetting the musical notes while performing in concert

For some reason, practice isn't always enough for prepare us for a performance. That's not unusual. Some things that have helped me and others I've talked to include: "Practice" performing in ...
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I feel like I don't evolve, and sometimes shamed when playing with someone better than me

I find any learning process goes in cycles: At first, you're pretty bad. And you know it. Then, you start getting better. You're playing pretty well. Everything is great. And then you realise that ...
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Forgetting the musical notes while performing in concert

Dealing with pressure Get a sound recorder or use your phone and record your performances. The extra pressure of recording yourself will cause similar pressure to an actual performance. Also practise ...
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Forgetting the musical notes while performing in concert

A good practice exercise I've found to help with this is to play along to a metronome and not play every other bar. For example, play bar 1, then sit in silence for bar 2 whilst imagining the sound in ...
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Forgetting the musical notes while performing in concert

Mistakes are inevitable. Learning to play through mistakes is its own skill, one that has to be learned. The technique for learning to play through mistakes is different than the technique for ...
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I feel like I don't evolve, and sometimes shamed when playing with someone better than me

@endorph's answer is probably the best for this, but I have some input as well: It's awesome that you have the opportunity to play with those who might be better than you and even play at a ...
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Forgetting the musical notes while performing in concert

There is a difference between practicing for performing and practicing for practicing. When you practice, do you experience that the first play-through is worse than the second or third? When you ...
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Forgetting the musical notes while performing in concert

Given what you've said about that piece being a favorite, and one you've played many times over many years, I think it's fairly clear the issue is not one of not spending enough time on rote ...
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Forgetting the musical notes while performing in concert

There is one problem we could overcome when memorzing music if we consider how the form of a music piece would look like if there wouldn't be the layout of 3 bars per line as most sheet music is ...
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Forgetting the musical notes while performing in concert

A common technique I use is memorizing discrete chunks of a piece (one or two lines to a page long), and mixing them up. For example, I will play from memory the entire piece backwards (chunk 20 to ...
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I feel like I don't evolve, and sometimes shamed when playing with someone better than me

You say you only sometimes play with other people. I think that's a problem here. Play more with other people. Join other groups. Even better, join a folk or jazz group where improvisation is ...
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I have a problem with tempo during recordings

For some people, getting past stage fright when performing live does not automatically free one from anxiety when recording. I am one of these people, and it appears you are, too. I had to get past ...
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What are good tips for remaining composed during one's first public performance?

Your first performance should not be your First Performance Tangurena really summed it up well with "know your stuff." With that in mind, remember that playing your piece is the very last ...
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I feel like I don't evolve, and sometimes shamed when playing with someone better than me

There's a cognitive aspect and a practical aspect here. Cognitively, if your perceptions, thoughts and evaluations are distorted, then your feelings will also be distorted. Notice what you do right, ...
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Forgetting the musical notes while performing in concert

I think it's important to realize that performing means enjoying yourself playing the music. However, instead of joy, you feel stress because of the people listening, you don't want to let them down, ...
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Forgetting the musical notes while performing in concert

I'm no longer a performer, but I've had this happen to me a lot, even at the later stages of my 'career' as a performer. To a lesser extent, I would say that 'trivial' such moments happened in ...
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Forgetting the musical notes while performing in concert

Congratulations on getting out there and playing in front of others! Similar to what others have said, I like to think of music as a beautiful gift that you have the opportunity share with your ...
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I feel like I don't evolve, and sometimes shamed when playing with someone better than me

I think it is great that you are a church musician! I am as well, and have been since I was six years old, in one way or another. It can be hard to see where we want to be in comparison to where we ...
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I feel like I don't evolve, and sometimes shamed when playing with someone better than me

TL; TR: Sometimes at somepoint you can let aside the good basic practicing. Try to focus at specific points that you have more dificulties until you feel an improvement Interesting question, I would ...
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I have a problem with tempo during recordings

You're not alone! Feeling stressed while recording and not playing as good after you hit that red button - it's quite common. Once I hit record, all of a sudden I feel like it's not just me in the ...
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My question is about reducing camera nervousness

Firstly ensure you know what you're performing inside out. I record and upload piano videos on Instagram and before I press record I play over what I'm going to be recording countless times, so much ...
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How to smoothly slow down after you've accidentally sped up

Sometimes, the music just makes the tempo change anyway. And it's something that solo performers don't have a huge problem with, as far as affecting other players in a group. What you can do is, when ...
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Tips for how to stay calm before a concert

Some of the things that help me: Arrive (very) early This way, I know I don't have to worry about arriving on time, having time to dress, having time to prepare my instrument ... any pre-concert prep ...
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What are good tips for remaining composed during one's first public performance?

Do another performance. Distract yourself from the 1st, 2nd, 3rd... It is always possible getting better. Think of yourself as an eternal beta version. Nobody is ready and will never be. Just get what ...
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