The Finger of Shame


Mistakes – everyone makes them during a performance, even perfectionists.  The key to recovering from mistakes is to not listen to that inner voice that says, “You suck.”  That voice has annoyed me ever since I started playing the drums and still haunts me today.   Yes, I still make mistakes after playing for 30 years.

During a performance it is easy to feel embarrassed, or guilty, or just plain stupid for making a mistake no matter how big or small it is.  Keeping your focus on the music, moving forward is the right thing to do all the time, especially when you blow it.

Don’t make a big deal out of someone else making a mistake on stage.  That is the worst thing you can do.  Not only is it unprofessional, it is also apparent to the audience.  The person who made an error does not need the whole band pointing the finger of shame.  Just be cool and then after the gig you can talk about those things and support each other so you hopefully make fewer errors the next time.

Don’t forget that baseball players who get paid millions make plenty of mistakes in front of a worldwide audience every time they play.


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