How to Know if You Are Taking Too Much Time Before Playing the First Note

How to Know if You Are Taking Too Much Time Before Playing the First Note

So the big moment has finally arrived. As you take your place on stage, ready to play the repertoire that you've practiced diligently for months, the nerves really begin to kick in, and your thoughts begin to race. What if I screw up? Did I practice enough? Wait - what's the first note? Did I turn off the iron in the hotel room? Inexperienced performers often succumb to the pressure of such a situation, and, not wanting to make the audience or audition panel wait, rush into their performance…


persistence and resilience

The Fine Line Between "Insanity" and Persistence

There is Japanese proverb which states “Fall down seven times, get up eight.” Indeed, persistence, or that not-so-common ability to persevere in the face of disappointments and setbacks, is one of the key factors that separate those who realize their goals from those who fall short. Of course there is also that catchy, but annoying saying that “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” (Thankfully, I’m not the only one who finds this…