I just got back from a Manitoba Senior Honor Band concert (sort of like All-State band in the States, I guess) in which I was playing third chair (which really meant playing all 1st parts). During the end I started to get a little bit more afflicted by stage fright - we were playing Hounds of Spring and I scored the only 1st Cornet part, so I was basically playing a solo in the slow, lyrical 4/4 section. I managed to nail everything there, but close to the end I got a little bit sloppy and tired and cracked the A's in the restatement of the theme from the 4/4 section and I missed a couple of G's on top of the staff in the lead-up to the ending. I found out that my private teacher was in the audience after the show and we chatted for a short period of time. She thought things went well, and I generally agreed with her but expressed slight regret at cracking the As close to the end of Hounds of Spring. She insisted that I was being too hard on myself and that I should focus on what was good about the concert. This is one of the first times I've disagreed with my teacher on anything. I prefer to keep my shortcomings on the dashboard so that I can work on them the most. I agree with her that there is a time and a place for patting yourself on the back, but generally I like to keep my mistakes up on the windshield while leaving my past accomplishments in the backseat. This isn't to say that I was raging and thought the concert was a complete bust due to those mistakes, I just focused on them more than the good parts of the concert. What do you tend to dwell on more, your successes or your regrets or mistakes? For those of you who teach, what do you think of students who tend to focus on their mistakes more than their successes?