Distraction

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  1. xjb0906

    xjb0906 Piano User

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    So many things can have an effect on your performance ability. At times my playing ability is much greater in the practice room than it is at a live performance. Most of the time my nerves are my biggest distraction. At my last gig it was a combination of one of my band mates taking a picture of me during a solo and me checking out an unusually young lady in a little white dress at the dance we were playing. Most of the folks that come to the dances we play are at or close to retirement age. Not sure if she was dancing with her daddy or her sugar daddy.

    The solo was on the closing number and I started to play it in the wrong key. My horror turned the solo into a fumble fest. The funny thing is that I don't think any of the dancers noticed. They cheered more than normal and were upset that we had to leave. Apparently we had to vacate to allow the stage to be taken down in time to meet the requirements of the room rental.

    Anyway I messed up this time due to having too much fun rather than being stressed out. I'll take that and work on being a little more focused at the next gig.
     
  2. kingtrumpet

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    Hey, that's cool -- we have one of those distractions in our band --- but she plays saxophone ---- I get nerves also, because in the band, they seem to play all of the rhythm wrong (or most likely FASTER - than I expect) -- and NOW, I volunteered to play the 3 marching songs on the trombone for the 5 parades ---- uhhmmmm --what the ...., was I thinking ---------- I must admit, after 5 months of practicing the trombone ----OLE KT here might have stepped a little too far over the edge this time ------------but I got 2 weeks to prepare ------------------------------ahhhhhhh!, The positive side --is that the concert last week on the Trumpet was awesome though -- it all gelled together, my timing was spot on, and the notes seemed to flow, and I had a very positive experience for the first FULL ENSEMBLE concert in 30 years ---- AWESOME, remember the good times!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  3. xjb0906

    xjb0906 Piano User

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    The funny thing is that the band leader made a new arrangement of our closing medley that gave me the last solo of the night. My first time out it was so low. Better luck next time.

    Those traditional marches have given me a little bit of a fit this time around. We never played any of those in high school. I am just now getting to where I can pick up on those quickly.
     
  4. larry tscharner

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    xjb...who hasent turned in a subpar perormance at some point? Look ahead to the next one and redeem yourself. Dont be so hard on yourself, remember that they cheered and no one seemed to know that you were shaken. Put it behind you and move on, ya big baby! OPS, sorry. I ment that in a good way. Best wishes.
     
  5. xjb0906

    xjb0906 Piano User

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    I'm cool with this one. I know what to do to fix it. Look away from the girl in the white dress.
     
  6. gmonady

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    Not sure I would do this. First look at the key, then the girl in the white dress... then play to her... thinking of nothing but her... I am certain; this would warm up your performance. The best performance is all about passion. And you are so right; this is a state of mind.
     
  7. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    What is the wrong key? - when the band does not find the trumpeter.

    Seriously, DISTRACTION could be INSPIRATION. Dedicate the next ballad to a beautiful person that you have seen but never met............. I wouldn't mention the dress color on stage - never know what might happen next.....

    By the way, her name was Karen and you DON'T want to know why SHE was there..........
     
  8. xjb0906

    xjb0906 Piano User

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    Rowuk does have a sense of humor!
     
  9. odd67ar

    odd67ar Pianissimo User

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    That with the lady dressed in white,Something simular happened to me some years ago.I got eye contact from the stage and started some kind of eye flirting.
    However eventually I jumped down from the stage an dansed with her,with the trumpet under my arm.
    By the way we´ve been married for twelwe years now
     
  10. gmonady

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    I can only hope that in those 12 years, you have finally removed that trumpet from under your arms. What a great story.
     

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