Practice vs Performance 

Practice is the hallway that leads to the ballroom where we perform our music for others.
We need to spend just enough time in the hallway before stepping into the ballroom, but no more. If we don’t spend enough time in the hallway we risk the temporary embarrassment of stepping into the ballroom unprepared but that is all. If we spend too much time in the hallway we risk becoming immobilized by irrational beliefs about our own perfection or the fear of not being good enough.

Music demands that we balance creativity with discipline. We can’t go from zero talent to having it in the refined form without going through this process of practicing and performing.
There comes a time to put away the instructional materials and fly by the seat of your pants. Don’t get stuck in the hallway! If you’ve never stepped out of the hallway I encourage you to look for opportunities to perform your music in front of an audience and/or jam with other musicians.

What do you think? Please share your comments about practice vs performing.


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2 thoughts on “Practice vs Performance 

  1. Jeani says:

    Wow, you sure hit the nail right on the head. Did you write this for me? This is my biggest problem! I’ve been playing in my hallway, by myself, for far too long. Now I’m facing all those things – feeling unprepared and being embarrassed about it, but not knowing how to practice to be prepared. Terrified of the fear of not being good enough and messing up yet knowing that I have to step out of the hallway and into the ballroom in order to get better. I’ve got one foot into the ballroom, though and am working on stepping through the door! Sure wish I started this 50 years ago!

    • robanderlik says:

      Jeani – One thing I’ve learned over the years from talking with tons of different musicians is that everybody experiences feelings of inadequacy and/or fear at least some of the time. It’s all part of the experience of seeking to become the best musician that you can possibly be. The important thing is to not let those fears stand in the way!

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