View Poll Results: Do u need to mediate before your performance?

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  • Yes...I need my quiet moment before playing.

    9 50.00%
  • No...I can rise to the occassion. I'm the type that can play anywhere, any moment.

    5 27.78%
  • I don't think there's any difference in the outcome of the performance.

    4 22.22%
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Thread: Meditation or need for quiet moment

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    Do u need your quiet moment before making any kind of performance?
    Or your're the type that can play anywhere on any occassions? B) Like, if someone just pops out of nowhere and ask u to play immediately...u can do that?
    I always need my quiet moment before concerts, recitals or even exams...
    I saw a Taiwanese Programme recently that showcased the Russian pianist, Maksim. After the live TV interview, he was asked to retire from the camera crew and prepare himself for a stage perfomance when 'feeling ready'.
    Oh my! He took 45 mins before coming back again. So the poor audiences were left seated for 45mins( never mind that, Caz the performance was superb! B) )
    So, even pros like him need 45 mins to calm down...
    But, on the other hand, I have friends who can play without those mental and phsychological preparations... Strange... I have always wondered how they do that? One of em(who happens to be a vocalist) told me that when you have a strong desire to perform...u just forget and don't feel any phychological barrier...
    So, basically I've come to this conclusion...People who need no prior preparation or show no stage fright are genuine show-offs...their urge to perform is too overwhelming. What u think? :mellow:
    Or have u come across friends who seem to wanna show you their playing wherever they go or whom ever they meet? :blink:

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    I need quiet moments always.
    It is our imperfections that make us who we are.

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    I need quiet moments always.
    But u struck me as a generally noisy/hyper active type of person... U know, the very confident type. B)
    So I guess there's a serious, contemplative side in every one.

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    Yes I do also need some quiet moments....100 % still for this answer!

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    Originally posted by DW@Oct 4 2004, 06:20 AM
    But u struck me as a generally noisy/hyper active type of person... U know, the very confident type. B)
    So I guess there's a serious, contemplative side in every one.
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    Ha! Yeah right. I am very quiet, and very serious when it comes to the violin, but very confident as well. I guess it depends on the genre of the piece being prepared for. If it is serious or very technical, quiet is best. However, if it is light hearted, then maybe talking and laughing with the soon-to-be audience is best.
    It is our imperfections that make us who we are.

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    I haven't performed solo enough to notice a trend. And the ensemble performing I've done hasn't allowed for any 'quiet' time ahead. I do however, 'tune out' before I perform (music or public speaking etc.)...that may be a stand in for 'quiet' time...
    <span style='color:green'><span style='font-family:Optima'>Music is what feelings sound like...Anon</span>.</span>

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    I think that people take nervousness too seriously. If you are to be performing solo in front of hundreds of people, then you must be in the right state of mind. They know you are not perfect. Nobody is, and nobody was. I heard Zuckerman slip a little when I went to his concert, and he seemed sort of nervous. You should look right at the audience and say to your self that many of them are not highly educated in the field of music, so they won&#39;t tell. The rest are, and they won&#39;t care if you slip since they know that nobody is perfect. So you see, you are backed up either way.

    Do you get very nervous in front of two or three people? Well, more people shouldn&#39;t make any difference. Nobody really cares if you make a few mistakes.

    Just had to get all of that out.
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    I have to have a quiet moment too. I don&#39;t handle the adrenaline rush of performance, unless I can relax first. I also have to warm up with my instrument first or I do badly.

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    ...If I get a "quiet moment" I tend to think too much and mess up during the performance.
    So before a performance I just play stuff. I play anything except the things I&#39;ll perform.

    Having an audience generally doesn&#39;t affect me.
    IF I hit a wrong key its becaus i kind of like it that way.

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    Do you get very nervous in front of two or three people? Well, more people shouldn&#39;t make any difference.
    Good point... sounds reasonable.

    ...If I get a "quiet moment" I tend to think too much and mess up during the performance.
    Yes... Strangely enough... That happens to me too. :blink:

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    Well, I&#39;ve never really check, but I will experiment with this at my performances (problem is the next ones at christmas) I might play better&#33; I will post back at new years eve&#33;
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    On the rare occasion that I have performed in front of people [and I did so informally just a few days ago], I have taken quiet moments beforehand. But I cannot necessarily say that I seek them for their own sake, more likely, I'm hoping that little stimulation will slow down my subjective experience of time, that I may "put off" the performance for as "long" as possible.

    Enjoying a quiet moment for its own sake suits my temperament.

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    I generally pace around in circles before a performance.

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    When I was taking classical guitar lessons I had two recitals. I liked the distraction of speaking to other muscians to take my mind off the idea of performing. Too much time with your own thoughts could be a detriment and work against you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klavierspieler View Post
    I generally pace around in circles before a performance.
    The whole pace in circles thing is something I do naturally, so I suspect it might be a good pre performance strategy. Thanks!

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