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lol. these stories were super cool and funny.
My most embarrassing story so far was when I started in 6th grade we had a performance for back to school night. well me and my friend shayla had to do a duet. we played the can-can. everything went well until we got to the very end. she stopped playing and i kept going like we were supposed to. my string broke and hit me in the eye. and to make matters worse the room was completely silent and when i sat down.... i farted and it was soooooo loud! the people in the back seats could hear it. i ran off the stage crying and holding my eye and my teacher never looked at me the same way. my eye was swolen for about 4 weeks. it was the WORST day of my life.
Love is everything when it comes to loving music.
She was OK. She had on so much hair spray that she couldn't get the one side of her hair back in to place till the end of the performance. At the end we both laughed about it
She was a real trooper
To this day when we see each other at reunions and such that is the first thing we bring up.
Wow. What a time you had. That one trumps my bad experience. Hope things got better for you after that.
Today was our Christmas concert. I had to play Ave Maria... So i was preparing to this concert about 2 months and could play it with my eyes closed, upside down or while having a conversation with somebody... I was prepared on 100%..
But when i've got on stage, i immediately forgot EVERYTHING! i've played 2 first notes and stuck , staring to the wall, trying to remember something... while my face was getting red as a tomato .. My teacher was yelling "C!!!!!!" But where the h*ll this d*mn C is?!!???
So i've played it to the end... somehow... and my eye was twitching all the way....
I guess l can never go on stage anymore... Stage and me are incompatible...
Did you try any of these things?
- Play for people beforehand to harden your nerves and to get used to playing under pressure.
I think THAT is more important for me now! I'm a shy person. In a second i understand that someone is looking at me, my brain immediately freezing! There is only one thought in my head : "I'M SCREWING UP!!" So i just have to get used with alll this attention.. I decided that when season comes i'll go outside on street to play I can't shy forever!!! Can i?
- Don't start immediately. Take a pause, hear the piece in your head, and take a deep breath first.
- Breathe from your stomach and lean forward.
- Sing the piece in your head while performing.
- Hear the piece as while you are playing as though someone else is playing it and try to enjoy what you are hearing.
LOL! I've read that tips before and honestly tried to do that ... But i've lost my concentration totally and all i could do is to blush and sweat like Mr.Pig LOL!
Thank You, FiddlerMan! I'll try not to forget about that next time (my teacher wants me on stage again She says that since i'm an artist now i must have public performances )
Kevin M. said:
Naska, Ave Maria is one of my favorites. Can you do a video of it for us?
There are alot of Ave Marias, Kevin, I can play Ave Maria by J.S. Bach - Ch. Gounod. If You are still interested - i can record it =) but it'll be somewhere in the middle of January =)
I've posted it, but only first (low) part here:
i guess You've seen it
Well being a beginner with about 2 1/2 hours of practice, the only embarrassing moment I've had was when I first started trying to get a decent sound out of a long bow stroke. My kids were teasing me. Then all of a sudden one of my Great Danes 'Daphne', a 165 lb big baby, ran up to me and started to growl and bark and the hair on her neck was standing straight up. Needles to say I booted her out of the room and closed the door and heard her howling like she was in pain from the other room. To this day I still wonder what my violin must have been saying to her. Maybe it was some type bad language. She is OK now with my limited practicing and leaves as soon as I open the case.
I was in a small church group and we were all standing at separate music stands. In front of me stood the self-appointed "star" violinist who would do anything for the spot light. This included a gigantic down bow which resulted in an elbow hitting my music stand and sending my sheet music flying. The melody repeated several times in the music and I did not recall where we were.
MORAL Always have a few spring type cloths pins in your case to secure your sheet music.
When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
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