I was involved in a 4 hour master class yesterday at a University here in Utah. During the master class on 2 different occasions, students had troubles with the entrance into their performance pieces. The first time, the student just continued on after all the blurping at the beginning, and continued to blurp the whole song long. (blurp = messing up)
The second student however, blurped (on the 3rd note and not able to find the 4th), asked the accompanist to begin again and went on as if nothing happened.
What would you do?I suggest you stop and start over.
It’s a tricky question. But I would say start overs are okay. I always condition my students to continue on even if something has gone awry. But, when it happens right at the beginning of your number, IF it is going to put your mind in agony for the rest of the performance, I suggest you stop and start over, as long as you can let it go.
The best thing to do would be to not “dwell” on missed notes during the piece. It doesn’t do much good to get your shorts all tied up in knots while performing. Those notes are in the past. It’s your reaction that matters. Move on and relax. Remember Rafiki from the Lion King?
Rafiki bops Simba on the head.
Simba asks, “What was that for?”
Rafiki: It doesn’t matter, it’s in the past.
Simba: Yeah, but it still hurts.
Rafiki: Oh yes, the past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it.
Rafiki: Ha. You See? So what are you going to do?