Ballyhoo, I really want to get that book!!! I've been thinking about ordering it from the US for a while now, thank you for reminding me!
Cindy, I played.. ok I guess. My husband was there too, and since he always hears me practice, I asked him how I did, and he sort of said "uh... not too bad... you sound better during practice though." Whatever happened to little white lies!!
What I did was to play the two easiest pieces first, and I kind of thought of them as my "throw-away pieces." I thought the nerves would go in waves, and the first waves would be the worst, so I wanted to experience that with the less demanding pieces. That seemed to help.
Then I played the remaining pieces in order based on how they sounded and on the fact that I wanted to play my favorite piece last. My favorite piece is also the most demanding of the bunch, so I think the order I put them in was good, strategy-wise.
Also, by the end I was sort of resigned to sucking, and that helped me to relax!
So I definitely did the best on the last piece, which was the piece I most wanted to play well.
But that monkey mind thing is just awful. The last piece (called Summer by Joe Hisaishi) is 8 pages long, and I play it with the score, so I turn pages a few times. While I was playing, when the first page-turn came, I found myself thinking "I wonder if he noticed how smoothly I turned the page! he must think I'm really cool now!" Pathetic! :rolleyes: