Recovering Onstage After a Mistake, and How to Prepare Your Pieces to Help Avoid It

Illustration by Olivia Wise

Illustration by Olivia Wise

As the saying goes, mistakes happen, but when you’ve worked hard to prepare a piece, it’s an important performance or audition, or it’s a spot in the music you usually nail without any issue, the effects of a noticeable flub can be devastating. You can’t avoid mistakes entirely, but you can minimize their frequency and the impact they have on you and your audience.

While some mistakes are random flukes, most are either caused by performance anxiety or issues that might have been avoided had the preparation of the music, the performance, or both happened a bit differently. Full story.

Laurel Thomsen (Strings Magazine) / October 12, 2018

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