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Do you talk to yourself when you play?
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October 3, 2022 - 11:42 am
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Mentally I mean.

Do you talk to yourself when you get to parts of the score that you need to focus on?  Or the parts that make you feel good?

I do but I'm wondering if others do too.  If you do, does it detract from the overall enjoyment of the performance while playing?


I guess this is kind of like the "Can you smile while playing?" thread.

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October 3, 2022 - 1:17 pm
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Mostly I’m holding my breath and hoping for the best and that at the end I’m just relieved to be able to give my brain a rest.  Umm I would say I am  mostly thinking not sure I sound very good or I’m thinking just did that wrong or I’ve forgotten to do something . I was wondering where you are supposed to look as well. I’m intrigued to know what others are thinking. For me it’s intense concentration and if I’ve recorded myself I can laugh at the look of dread the whole way through. 🤣


October 3, 2022 - 1:28 pm
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The more conscious I am .. or the more thinking thats going on up there the slower Ill have to go.  When my mind is in that state its usually when trying to get something worked out.  But its a good thing When learning something.   Theres some topics on here with a brainjo title that adresses this.  Basically the points that were trying to be made is you have to connect the subconscious brain to muscle memory ( a term for lack of better one )  Rest.. try again next fay so on so forth.   at some point those connections are made and you DONT have to think about it or talk yourself through it.   

Being relaxed helps.   Not doing too much also.   focus on as little as possible... so dont try to be learning too mich at once.

Maybe not what you meant.   but yes..i do..things like ok.. this is the measure i need to make sure and slur here to here... or.. this is where i let my 4th finger stretch too far ..or not far enough... or open E coming up..remember to go easy when you hit it. ..whatever..things like that.   Or.. omg.. im a step and a half out of tune to everyone else..get quite quick!!! 😆  thats when the whole train derails .. happens. 


October 3, 2022 - 1:59 pm
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I agree with what Abitrusty says above--usually as I'm working something out (and out loud if that something is a complicated rhythm thing--I count outloud like I was trained to do as a percussion student). 

I don't think I do any "talking" once I'm at the point of not practicing, but performing--I let the muscle memory do it's thing.

Characterize people by their actions and you will never be fooled by their words.


October 3, 2022 - 7:48 pm
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🤔... what runs through MY mind, while playing?  

"do that over" 


"do THAT over" 




"try again tomorrow"  😵



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