Day 78, “Perfection”

Practice: 4, Rehearsal: 2.  In two completely different settings at CSUF today people brought up the idea of perfection, in terms of musical performance.  The context was that often people become so obsessed with the idea of playing something “perfectly” (notes, rhythms, technical traits) that they lose sight of the WHOLE POINT.  We’re making music, not designing rocket ships.  A small error will not kill you.  But a lack of emotion or risk-taking might.  Thinking about this in my practice tonight ironically made all of the technical things I was worried about vanish.  Musical solutions to technical problems.

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