Performance Mistakes

Here’s a secret. Rarely does a pianist play her piece perfectly. Most often, she makes mistakes, but you can’t hear them. Why? Because she integrates them into the piece. I was told, “if you ever make a blunder and the song calls for you to repeat that section, purposely make that same mistake.” The crowd automatically thinks your wrong notes were an accurate portrayal of the piece.

So never falter. Chances are, those errors will sound just fine within the framework of the piece.

Keep Moving

Music should be like life, it just keeps moving. No matter how many notes you missed; no matter if you completely lost your place, you keep playing. Never stop in the middle of a piece, or go back; push forward. It’s better to hit wrong notes and continue going than to stop and replay the correct notes.

With life, we don’t even have the choice to go back and do things over. So keep looking ahead and focus on moving forward it’s our only option, and the best one at that.