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I keep a rubber chicken in the back of my amp. If the mistake is noticeable enough I stop, walk over to my amp and pull out the rubber chicken as if that was the cause of the problem. It’s always good for a laugh.

I love the movie, “That Thing that You Do”, in that Tom Hanks, as a band manager says, ‘If you stink, that’s OK, because they will love you tomorrow.” As a rule, you are only as good as your last performance, and that is the beauty of performing, you get to put the past behind you and try to do even better at your next gig. Musicians are most critical of themselves, and musicians are the most hardest on other musicians. Fans, especially non-musicians, are probably the least critical as they don’t always concentrate on the music to the point of “Wow, that guitarist played an A-sharp instead of an A note.” I have found that non-musicians do concentrate on the performance as a whole or on a song that they really like: Is the lead singer out of tune, are the musicians standing on the stage like statutes, the lead guitar is just way too loud, stuff like that. Several touring bands have said they’ve played horrible gigs, but were thrown off-guard when their fans have said that they performance was the best they had ever seen. So, it’s all a very SUBJECTIVE subject, but then again, forget the past, and just look forward to the next gig.

Keep playing as if nothing went wrong. It’s difficult to avoid becoming distracted by that incident. If we concentrate on that mistake, we may easily become distracted and miss something else. Those negative messages we tell ourselves could then cascade into real disaster!
“No matter what happens, KEEP PLAYING!

I just played my first public performance last week. I messed up twice that I can recall. Only two people heard them on stage and the rest of the world thought it was “absolutely beautiful” (organist). I felt bad, like my mind switched off for a second, lost my place for another split second but recovered and finished. Nerves can certainly get the best of you but the main thing is that I kept going. Even a tad of depression set in after a while because the first time out wasn’t my best. But, I can’t wait to try again and soooon! I have to know that playing music is a wonderful gift so I just have to wrap it a little more tightly during practice and get solid ground, not worry about anything and simply enjoy the moment. Certainly a learning experience and I crossed the threshold from private practice to public performance which is HUGE!

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