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Even the Pros Make Mistakes

Posted by: david at 3:28 pm on May 28th, 2016

HillPerformanceHall.jpgAs a musician nobody is harder on myself than I am, and I strive to do everything to the best of my ability. However it seems that on almost every gig I have some blooper or mindless moment. While it is important to practice to prevent these errors, it is also important to understand that they are a part of being a performer.

We practice in controlled environments that are free from distractions or stress. All of that changes once you step on stage. Even for seasoned performers there can be a nervousness or excitement that changes the dynamic. Many times this will inspire incredible performances, but it can also cause some mishaps as well.

I watch and listen to a lot of live performances on YouTube of my favorite performers. I have found that even professionals make mistakes, and that’s ok. They are human just like you and me. What makes them pros is that they don’t let that mistake throw them off. We have all had moments where we were in the zone and having fun. Then all of sudden you mess up, which sends you into nervous downward spiral.

The people that make living playing music don’t let this sort of thing phase them. They just shake it off and move on. This is a skill that must be cultivated just like any other technique. In most cases the performers just laugh it off, make a joke, or simply show no expression at all and keep going.

That’s all you can do anyway. The mistake already happened and you can’t take it back;you have nothing to do but move forward. It may sound difficult, but it isn’t and in fact it is something you can practice.

All you have to do is start a piece of music and don’t stop until it is over. No matter what mistakes you make, don’t stop! When you have don that several times then you can go back and fix the things that need work. You will be amazed at how much more relaxed you will be in your performances after a few practice sessions. For more information or to sign up for lessons you can contact Marion Music Academy at 319-377-3343.


David-Arnold.jpgA graduate of Luther College, David Arnold has been providing high quality private music lessons to students of all ages for over 15 years. His specialties include saxophone, guitar, and bass guitar. Drawing upon his diverse musical background, David provides a unique experience that merges his formal training in music with his professional performance experiences. Students will learn to be confident, well rounded musicians that are capable of performing in a wide array of musical settings.