Have you ever made a mistake during a performance? Hey, we’ve all been there, and it happens to both us regular folks and celebrities alike. Fortunately, when we mess up, it doesn’t end up all over the Internet. And despite how you may feel right after making the mistake, it doesn’t mean the end of the world. Trust us.
First, take a look at our previous blog about how to change your attitude when it comes to making mistakes. Once the deed is done, however, the key then is how well you keep your composure. You might be frustrated, and you might be disappointed in yourself, but don’t let it show. Here are some key tips for keeping your composure when you make a mistake:
1. If the mistake is so bad that you need to start over, feel free to take a moment to breathe, adjust your positioning, or take a sip of water. Smile or nod at the audience if you feel the need to ease any tension, or simply get back into the music – you’re more affected by the mistake than they are.
2. Set a comfortable rhythm in your head (or metronome).
3. Start again from the beginning of the song (if you’re not too far in) or restart the page or line.
4. Stay calm! Your energy is better aimed toward playing and enjoying the song.
5. Don’t worry about perfection; it’s about conveying a feeling through music, and the opportunity to do so is never lost.
If all else fails, you can also amaze (and, ahem, distract) your audience with an awesome stage trick. Hey, every little bit helps!
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