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#2079427 - 05/08/13 04:58 PM Recital Coming Up? No Worries
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This is for us folks with upcoming recitals...a place to face your fears and share your tears. Come on, its just a recital, its not the end of the world. Life will go on no matter what happens.
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#2079429 - 05/08/13 05:01 PM Re: Recital Coming Up? No Worries [Re: JimF]
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Reasons to be positive:

I'm not a total rookie, this is my third one of these things.

I've already had MY disaster once, no need to prove to myself what it is like again

Shoot, who cares what a bunch of kids and their families think of your playing.

A month after the recital no one will remember it but you.

People actually applaud whether you do well or not

Think of the stories you can tell someone who doesn't play or understand this stuff
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#2079436 - 05/08/13 05:23 PM Re: Recital Coming Up? No Worries [Re: JimF]
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I want to get in touch with the child in me.. I know he's in there somewhere. He is fearless and unconcerned about outcomes or consequences. He relishes new experiences. He likes to show off for an audience. He wants to try everything.

I know he's still in there somewhere.

There is nothing so earth shattering about a little recital that requires keeping the kid in me bottled up.
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#2079438 - 05/08/13 05:27 PM Re: Recital Coming Up? No Worries [Re: JimF]
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Chirp, chirp, nuthin but crickets.....

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#2079448 - 05/08/13 05:50 PM Re: Recital Coming Up? No Worries [Re: JimF]
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No, I'll join in. I have a recital on June 1st. Kids and me. As usual. I'm not all that concerned about that. I just want to play well. Well for me, not compared to anyone else.

The big issue this recital will be to memorize or not. I'm trying. Memorizing is very slow going for me. It is what it is. It's like I have a block preventing the notes getting from short term to long term memory. But you know what? It's not going to matter if I play from music. I told my teacher not to expect pieces from memory. I told her this right up front when we started lessons.

Anyway, the piece is learned I played it at the yearly evaluation last weekend. I'm good to go. I hope some more people join in over here. None of us really "enjoy" performing. But there is satisfaction in doing it. I'd rather try and do than be so fearful I stay home and never share my music with anyone.
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#2079462 - 05/08/13 06:36 PM Re: Recital Coming Up? No Worries [Re: JimF]
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Originally Posted By: JimF
I want to get in touch with the child in me.. I know he's in there somewhere. He is fearless and unconcerned about outcomes or consequences. He relishes new experiences. He likes to show off for an audience. He wants to try everything.

I know he's still in there somewhere.



I would get in touch with my inner child, but he has crap taste in music
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#2079465 - 05/08/13 06:48 PM Re: Recital Coming Up? No Worries [Re: JimF]
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I used to take classical lessons as a kid, and played lots of recitals. Now, as an adult, I take jazz lessons and have my annual "recital" coming up. I wonder which is more nerve wracking: knowing you're going to try to play every note correctly on a technically demanding classical piece, or knowing that there is a section of your jazz piece where you have no idea what you are going to play (the improvised part)?

It's also interesting that I love performing at a jazz gig, whereas recitals are more just work. I do the jazz recital because it's a good motivator to get me to really study a piece. The problem with the recital is you get one shot at something, and you're trying to impress a teacher. At a jazz gig, you screw up one tune, no biggie, you'll also have some great tunes in your set.

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#2079547 - 05/08/13 10:52 PM Re: Recital Coming Up? No Worries [Re: jjo]
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Mine is scheduled for Saturday.
I'm excited; I think it will be fun.
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#2079630 - 05/09/13 03:11 AM Re: Recital Coming Up? No Worries [Re: JimF]
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I opted out of the school recital since there aren't any adults participating and the oldest kid is only 14..... Just not my cup of tea.

However, I do like all that you've said Jim - especially the part about letting your inner child have a good time with the event!

I think I'm looking at the upcoming European Piano Party as a bit of a recital.... less formal for sure, but it will be the first time I've performed for anyone outside my home (or my lesson) in a couple of years.
I can't imagine a more supportive audience than a group of PW members smile
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#2079645 - 05/09/13 04:14 AM Re: Recital Coming Up? No Worries [Re: casinitaly]
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Originally Posted By: casinitaly
I opted out of the school recital since there aren't any adults participating and the oldest kid is only 14..... Just not my cup of tea.

However, I do like all that you've said Jim - especially the part about letting your inner child have a good time with the event!

I think I'm looking at the upcoming European Piano Party as a bit of a recital.... less formal for sure, but it will be the first time I've performed for anyone outside my home (or my lesson) in a couple of years.
I can't imagine a more supportive audience than a group of PW members smile


I also like the thought of "expressing the inner child" in recitals. I actually envy those who have the opportunity for recitals as adults. We all work so hard on our music, it would be nice to perform once in a while. I am part high achiever, part masochist, I guess.

Casinitaly - I also see the the European Piano Party as a recital! I am looking forward to it! And, you are right, I think it will be a very supportive audience. It will be the first time I have played for anyone other than my husband and family as an adult. My last recital was when I was 11 years old.


Edited by SwissMS (05/09/13 04:49 AM)
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#2079693 - 05/09/13 07:36 AM Re: Recital Coming Up? No Worries [Re: JimF]
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I don't have recitals, but I do perform in church now and then. I like to think of it as an opportunity to share my love of the music. I like JimF's reasons to be positive.

Anyway, I doubt that it takes a whole month for everyone other than you to forget what you did (especially if you mess up). A week? a day?
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#2079866 - 05/09/13 02:39 PM Re: Recital Coming Up? No Worries [Re: JimF]
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I opt out of mine, also... there's 30-40 kids, and a random adult. I don't know about the spring recitals, but I know that at the Christmas recital I was in, there were multiple Good King Wenceslas and Jingle Bells. It was very repetitive. It was still nerve racking, for some reason, and I crashed and burned. And I wasn't the only one.

But in retrospect, I'm thinking the parents only really paid attention to their own kids, and really didn't think much of the rest of it. Most of them were young. If that was your kid, wouldn't you be too wrapped up in what they accomplished to even care about what some adult did? They might even admire your guts if they even thought about it wink


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#2079936 - 05/09/13 05:16 PM Re: Recital Coming Up? No Worries [Re: JimF]
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If anyone wants to have fun with a Christmas recital.
I wrote a song when we were snowed in for Christmas. yes it's true

All you have to do is volunteer to do the melody: I'll be home for Christmas.

Then... I have the words...
loves his snowblower that runs out of fuel...
Then gets buried trying to shovel his way out...

It ends with:
If I get out for Christmas...
It's....
Only....
In...
My....
Dreams!....

It's sure to be a big hit at a Christmas recital.

Oh...I forgot...you have to sing also... smile
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#2080069 - 05/09/13 11:06 PM Re: Recital Coming Up? No Worries [Re: JimF]
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My 1st recital is this Saturday. I'm nervous but excited too! We're allowed only one song because of the large number of students. I started playing in November and now a recital!! Oh boy...
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#2080077 - 05/09/13 11:37 PM Re: Recital Coming Up? No Worries [Re: JimF]
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Good luck warlock214 - what piece/song are you going to play?
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#2080139 - 05/10/13 03:24 AM Re: Recital Coming Up? No Worries [Re: JimF]
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Happy Birthday, Jim

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#2080196 - 05/10/13 07:36 AM Re: Recital Coming Up? No Worries [Re: earlofmar]
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Earlofmar - Thanks! I will be playing Beethoven's Shepherd's Song.
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#2080206 - 05/10/13 08:06 AM Re: Recital Coming Up? No Worries [Re: warlock214]
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Warlock - Good luck today Saturday. The first time is scariest. Just try to remember a wrong note or two doesn't matter, 90% of the audience doesn't know how your piece goes anyway. If u can, try to go early and do a scale or any little thing other than your piece on the actual recital instrument. That familiarity really helps.

Have fun. The result doesn't matter!! thumb


Edited by JimF (05/10/13 04:41 PM)
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#2080210 - 05/10/13 08:17 AM Re: Recital Coming Up? No Worries [Re: JimF]
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Thanks a bunch, Bobpickle. The big six-oh = OMG when did I get this old?

For my upcoming recital I'm about an eight year-old, which suits me just fine. whome
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#2080214 - 05/10/13 08:26 AM Re: Recital Coming Up? No Worries [Re: JimF]
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Happy birthday JimF! Don't worry, you start subtracting years at 60. Next year you will be 59.
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#2080216 - 05/10/13 08:29 AM Re: Recital Coming Up? No Worries [Re: JimF]
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Happy Birthday JimF yippie

Quote:
My 1st recital is this Saturday. I'm nervous but excited too! We're allowed only one song because of the large number of students.

Hiya warlock,
The first time recital is always nerve wracking. It will get easier the more you do it.


Edited by Ragdoll (05/10/13 08:36 AM)
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#2080376 - 05/10/13 02:48 PM Re: Recital Coming Up? No Worries [Re: JimF]
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Thanks for the b-day wishes SwissMS and Ragdoll,

My recital isn't until June 2nd, but we are having a pre-recital "practice recital" for the adults only at another student's home a week from Sunday. I'm not ready yet, but it seems to be progressing bit by bit.

When I was a little boy and whined about not being able to do something that the older kids were doing, my Dad would always put an arm around me and say "don't worry, life begins at 8, you'll get there soon." Of course, when I was 8, he changed it to "life begins at 12", and later to "at 18". My folks are 89 and 94 now and I'm having dinner with them tonight.... I'll have to ask if life begins at 60! grin
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#2080378 - 05/10/13 03:04 PM Re: Recital Coming Up? No Worries [Re: JimF]
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If you have a recital coming up, try uploading a dress rehearsal to a video sharing site like MusicalOverture.com. You'll get great, positive feedback - unlike the slash and burn comments on youtube. You'll also meet more musicians like you.
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#2080379 - 05/10/13 03:04 PM Re: Recital Coming Up? No Worries [Re: jdw]
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Originally Posted By: jdw
Anyway, I doubt that it takes a whole month for everyone other than you to forget what you did (especially if you mess up). A week? a day?


Agreed, jdw. Maybe just a matter of minutes or hours.

When I was five or six, my mother was doing housework in a third floor bedroom when she looked out the window only to see me at her eye level up in a tree in the back yard. To her horror, she watched as I did a Tarzan jump from my tree to the adjacent one. crazy No worries. Kids are used to operating without a net.

Where is that kid? I know he's in there. whome
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#2080381 - 05/10/13 03:07 PM Re: Recital Coming Up? No Worries [Re: Terry Lowry]
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Originally Posted By: Terry Lowry
If you have a recital coming up, try uploading a dress rehearsal to a video sharing site like MusicalOverture.com. You'll get great, positive feedback - unlike the slash and burn comments on youtube. You'll also meet more musicians like you.


Good idea, Terry. Plus trying to get a good recording/video mimics the pressure of the recital. It will help show you where the weak points are. But no need to post it to another site.....you can just post it to us right here using Box, utube, etc..
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#2080382 - 05/10/13 03:11 PM Re: Recital Coming Up? No Worries [Re: JimF]
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Dynamobt,

My teacher has been after me to NOT memorize so much. She WANTS me to use the music.

(actually, I really think she just wants to make sure I can refer to it successfully if I need it without losing my place)
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#2080393 - 05/10/13 03:40 PM Re: Recital Coming Up? No Worries [Re: JimF]
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Originally Posted By: JimF
we are having a pre-recital "practice recital" for the adults only at another student's home a week from Sunday.


I'm not sure that's such a good idea.

But "practice recital and sangria tasting" sounds like a GREAT idea!
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#2080407 - 05/10/13 03:56 PM Re: Recital Coming Up? No Worries [Re: JimF]
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Whiz, we had the same event at my house last year.....and yes, the wine and beer before, during, and after, while not doing much for the playing, made for a very enjoyable afternoon.
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#2080423 - 05/10/13 04:32 PM Re: Recital Coming Up? No Worries [Re: JimF]
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JimF, happy birthday! smile
And thank you for opening this thread.

Like dynamobt, I have my recital June 1st, only adult with a lot of kids, included my two children. I do not intend to play by memory, it would add supplementary stress and I'm already nervous enough.

Originally Posted By: malkin
Mine is scheduled for Saturday.
I'm excited; I think it will be fun.

I would be as positive as you are. Good luck for your recital (and for yours also, warlock214)!


Edited by torquenale (05/10/13 04:32 PM)
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#2080425 - 05/10/13 04:36 PM Re: Recital Coming Up? No Worries [Re: JimF]
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Thanks torquenal.

Mine is June 2nd, so there will be a bunch of us having fun that weekend.
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