I just realized why the old saying holds true: "I am not sure why I can't do that now. It was perfect in the practice room." Sure, a big part of that is nerves and that is fodder for many, many posts and discussions. However, there may be a simpler explanation for some of that inconsistency. When I practice at home, I practice standing up because it is good for the body and I like to play that way. However, my gigs always require me to perform sitting down, or at least 95% of them do. So, in a way, my body struggles in this new "environment" every time I leave for a gig and take my seat. This just occurred to me today, as I sat down for a change, to do my warm-ups. It was a very different feeling, and I had to remind myself to stay relaxed and not bring tension into my playing. So what I am saying is, practice in a variety of ways and if you are like me, and tend to perform sitting down, be sure to practice to perform.
Dr. Michael Kearns
Musician, educator, husband, father, web designer ... my life is like a mosaic with each piece vying for my attention.