Poor performance

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by xjb0906, Nov 11, 2011.

  1. xjb0906

    xjb0906 Piano User

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    Ever have a performance that makes you want to sell all things music related and spend the money on drugs and booze?

    Sometimes it is so hard to take that deep breath and try again.
     
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  2. larry tscharner

    larry tscharner Forte User

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    Been there..done that. Thank God we live to play another day. Best wishes.

    BTW, are details to embarrasing to share? You first then I'l tell mine.
     
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  3. friarsd

    friarsd New Friend

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    Give your chops a rest......!
     
  4. kingtrumpet

    kingtrumpet Utimate User

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    XJB -- don't do it man -- don't give it up --- your renditions of Star Spangled Banner were awesome --- one bad performance is not the end. Even Maynard, and Herb Alpert, everybody (well everybody but DOC) has had a bad performance. That one performance can only break you --- IF YOU LET IT.
    take a step back and look at all the good songs, the great applause, and the positive feedback that you have had the last year or two.
    then get your horn back to your face, and play and be happy, and share that with others.
    go get em'
     
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  5. bachfella

    bachfella Mezzo Piano User

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    Poor performance, eh?? Don't let it get you down--keep playing and get 'em next time. Anybody who plays an instrument can probably tell you about performances where they nailed the music and where the music nailed them!! In the latter category, one that sticks out in my mind is my high school's spring musical my sophomore year, which was "Camelot". I'd been switched to french horn for the pit orchestra, and I'd never played it before, but because I wanted to be in the pit orchestra, I learned how. It was a single F horn, and I played it well enough that my fellow high school students were impressed, in view of the fact that I'd just learned it. Everything went well until the second performance of the show. I had a muted solo in the second act. It was a fanfare, just a couple of measures long, and I'd nailed it at pretty much every rehearsal, and played it passably well in the first performance. In the second performance, I couldn't hear the pitches in my head in advance, for whatever reason (especially important on french horn) and the notes that came out of the horn that night still aren't recognized by any system of music theory!! The part that hurt the most was that everybody in the pit, including the band director, and more importantly to me, a cute girl who played clarinet, was laughing at me!! I got over it, and ended up playing french horn in the high school concert band the next two years (not your usual double!!) and getting a degree in music ed--I was a trumpet major, because I've played it longer and know more about it. Anyway, the main thing is, if you have a bad performance, I know it feels horrible, but don't give up. You'll nail it next time. Now as far as my other bad performances are concerned--just kidding!! There are too many to list!!
     
  6. xjb0906

    xjb0906 Piano User

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    Thanks. I was just venting. Plus I think it is good therapy for folks to share these kinds of things.
     
  7. jiarby

    jiarby Fortissimo User

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    Did you give them their money back?
     
  8. xjb0906

    xjb0906 Piano User

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    Funny. It was not a paid performance.
     
  9. xjb0906

    xjb0906 Piano User

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    I had bad days back in school , but never at performance time. One time at concert band festival where we were graded I recieved compliments from the judges recrodings for a solo I had in one of our pieces. I am not used to failing at performance time. Back in school we were always prepared thanks to a great director. Time to toughen up and move on.
     
  10. bachfella

    bachfella Mezzo Piano User

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    That was my point.
     

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