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Delivering a Polished Solo Performance

Posted in good musicianship at 5:00 am by Administrator

Greetings, band students, and welcome to our third post designed to help you give an outstanding solo performance on your instrument! Today, we share 6 things to do on the day of your performance to make everything run smoothly.

Before the Show:
1. Warm up at home. You never know if a venue will have places for you to warm up comfortably–there may not be as much privacy or space as you’d like. So, take a few minutes earlier in the day and warm up at home. This will be one less thing to worry about once you get to the show.

2. Arrive early. When you get to the venue a few minutes early, you give yourself the luxury of time–time to calm your nerves, check out the performance area, and get ready to play.

During your Performance:
1. Walk on stage confidently, and pause before you play. The way you take the stage can add a lot to your performance. Walk onto the stage with excellent posture, and smile at the audience. When you look at the audience, think of how wonderful it is that all these people came to hear you, and what a great musical treat you’re about to give them! Before you play, pause for a few seconds to make sure you feel comfortable and ready to go. There is no need to rush into your first note–relax and enjoy yourself!

2. Recover! If you mess up, keep playing, and act as if nothing happened. Remember, the only person who can see your music is you, so nobody will know if you’ve made a mistake. That is, unless you stop playing and make odd faces at your instrument.

After You Play:
1. Smile and take a bow. Applause is the audience’s way of saying “Thank you” for your performance, and a bow is your way of saying, “You’re welcome!” Smile at your audience and savor this moment. You did it!

2. Graciously accept compliments. After the show, people may come up to you and compliment you on your playing. If this happens, smile and say thank you! You can even add a kind comment like, “I’m glad you enjoyed it,” or “Thanks for coming today.” Compliments are like gifts–make sure you receive them with open arms.

Try using some of these simple actions at your next solo performance. You may find that they make the day much more fun, and help you look like a seasoned performer…even if this is your first time taking the stage on your own!

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