Essential Secrets 93: Transition from Practicing to Performing
Transition from Practicing to Performing
Getting Ready for the Stage
Once you can play all the notes for an upcoming concert, the practice room needs to become a performance preparation room. During this phase, you go from learning to mastery. Mastery means automatically playing your music from start to finish.
These are virtuoso techniques that will make you a performance master:
1. Visualization #1: Hear the music in your head and feel yourself playing it. Any difficulties during your visualization will likely be real issues on stage. Make sure you feel comfortable throughout this visualization.
2. Visualization #2: Picture yourself playing on stage in front of your audience. Feel calm, cool, and collected. Know that you are in control!
3. No Stopping: Play through each section one at a time without any pauses whatsoever. This may mean initially playing more slowly than you want. That’s okay. You’re working on mastery, not winning a race.
4. Control Each Section: Be able to play each section of your music—in any order. If your piece has five sections, try playing each section in random order or backwards order.
5. Tighten the Transitions: When each section is playable, make sure you can easily transition from one section to the next. Play the last few bars of one section into the first few bars of the next section.
6. Put It All Together: Play sections in order. You don’t have to start by playing the whole piece. If your music has five sections, you can play sections 3, 4, and 5, or sections 2, 3, and 4. Try different combinations. Eventually, you’ll easily be able to play the entire song flawlessly!
These techniques will give you confidence and prepare you for performance success. Try the last four of these techniques on separate days. Each builds into the next one. In about a week, you’ll be able to play through your whole song.
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