I know that even thinking about an onstage fiasco can dread the life out of you but the way you deal with it says a lot about you.
Making mistakes is what makes us human.
A music performer is no exception to this reality. No matter how much you sink your teeth into it practicing, making mistakes is inevitable and can happen anywhere you perform, including onstage.
And to be prepared for any unpleasant situation you encounter while performing, keep in mind the following tips.
Never walk off stage
Yes, it does go without saying but it is very important to remember that leaving your spot can enlarge the size of your slip up.
Beginners can undergo enormous pressure after making even the slightest of mistakes and to handle that pressure, their minds tell them to jump out of harm’s way as a survival instinct.
This can not only shatter your confidence and cause an onstage breakdown but will also increase your public speaking nervousness.
The thing is, it’s only natural and you should learn to recover from it naturally too, whether you forget a line or skip a note.
Always stay in it
Never let an error get inside your head.
It will make you think about it more and more, leading to other mistakes and lowering your attention levels further… which leads to an onstage fiasco.
The audience will not be able to notice your problem because most of them are not even familiar with the piece you’re performing so the key is to act like you never made a mistake in the first place.
You can do that by continuing to play as if nothing ever happened. Avoid stopping or making a pause.
Even if you do, make it look like it’s a part of the play. The thing is your audience won’t notice anything unless you make them realize there’s something off.
Try to adjust yourself with others quickly
You aren’t always alone on the stage. Sometimes you will be performing with a band or a group of other musicians and going out of sync at that time can throw everyone off too and ruin the cake for them.
If this happens and you’re unable to resurface along with your fellows, it will most likely ruin the whole performance and the audience will notice it.
However, you can avoid something like that by always staying on top of your performance, staying calm in case of an error and following the drill to get back on track with others quickly.
All you have to do is notice where the rest of them are in the piece, try to remember your notes or lines at that moment and adjust yourself right back into the rhythm.
The audience will hardly notice something like that if you all finish together because there are so many things going on at the stage at the same time for them to pay attention to any imperfections or small discontinuities.
Just remember to keep on peddling and know that it really isn’t a big deal at all. Happens to the best of us.