“Young soprano Elizabeth Gentner…has a supple, full-bodied voice perhaps better suited for a larger venue, but displayed a confidence and command of comedy unusual in a performer at such an early stage in her career.” ~Kathleen Whalen, Daily Republic Correspondent
The Mistake of Complacency – we perform without being committed to connecting and communicating. So distracted by all of the details we forget to make music.
No one likes getting things wrong. It can be embarrassing, messy, expensive, damaging. But sometimes we fixate so much on avoiding micro mistakes we don’t notice how we might be missing the bigger picture.
Here are thirteen mistakes pianists make, and only a few of these are specifically related to playing the right notes.
MISTAKES OF ACCURACY
1. The Mistake of Omission – something is supposed to be there and it’s missing.
2. The Mistake of Difference – something is supposed to be there, but we put something else in instead.
3. The Mistake of Addition – nothing was supposed to be there, but we put something in.
MISTAKES OF INTENTION AND ACCURACY
1. The Mistake of Misreading – we do what we think the score asks us to do but we misread the score.
2. The Mistake of Misunderstanding – we read the score correctly but we misunderstand what it means.
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Ok. I’ve crossed oceans and airports. I am here right where I said that I want to be. So what exactly am I supposed to do now? There are so many people to contact. So many things to see and do….it’s difficult to focus when there are infinate possibilities.
Every time I make a plan I limit my options to a degree so how do you balance having some security, comfort and rest with freeing yourself up to take advantage of every opportunity? There is a line and I’m going to keep jumping back and forth across it to test both myself and life to see if we can find something new about eachother.
Berlin has been a good place to start, a great place to acclimate to German and European lifestyles. However, I’m not convinced that this is where I need to be.
So the next location on the agenda is Leipzig, and maybe I will find more of what I am looking for there, maybe not. But I’ve got a train ticket with my name on it for the next several months. Let’s see where I feel right. I’ve got the time to try.