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Unread 10-04-2007, 08:40 PM   #1
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Recovering from a bad note.

Okay, nobody is perfect, it happens to the best of us, we go for that note that we know we're gonna have trouble with and when we do sometimes we miss it, how do you handle it? Do you pretend not to notice, or do you just press on, or what?

I pretend not to notice until after I finish singing, then I kinda look at everybody to gauge their reaction...

But I'm a very nervous vocalist.

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Unread 10-05-2007, 11:23 AM   #2
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Okay, nobody is perfect, it happens to the best of us, we go for that note that we know we're gonna have trouble with and when we do sometimes we miss it, how do you handle it? Do you pretend not to notice, or do you just press on, or what?

I pretend not to notice until after I finish singing, then I kinda look at everybody to gauge their reaction...

But I'm a very nervous vocalist.
I just keep going and try to cover the best I can. Most people won't even notice unless you react to it. I've even heard professional opera singers crack on a high note once in a while and most non-singers would never notice. Of course, if your singing in front of a group of vocalists your in trouble
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Unread 10-05-2007, 11:27 AM   #3
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... last night at my audition (which for the most part rocked and I blew them away) i went for one note that I normally hit, and it just came out weak and terrible... but they didn't seem to notice or care...
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Unread 10-05-2007, 12:22 PM   #4
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... last night at my audition (which for the most part rocked and I blew them away) i went for one note that I normally hit, and it just came out weak and terrible... but they didn't seem to notice or care...
So, the only person that really noticed was you.
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Unread 10-05-2007, 12:54 PM   #5
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So, the only person that really noticed was you.
And that's how it normally is. As long as you don't react to your mistake (a very hard thing to master) no one else will react to your mistake.
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Unread 10-05-2007, 07:58 PM   #6
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haha, it's funny you mention that. I recently watched a video of one of my last performances and there was a note that wasn't as great as it could have been and the look on my face was priceless. It cracks me up to watch it. However, it couldn't have been that bad because it has been over a month later and we (it was duet) are still getting people stopping us and saying what a great job we did.
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Unread 10-05-2007, 09:42 PM   #7
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Well apparently they didn't really notice at all because they asked me if I would rather just sing rather sing and play... And I said whatever makes them happy...
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Unread 11-17-2007, 08:12 PM   #8
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first off God won't care, second just make a gesture with your face to let the crowd know you know you messed up and they'll shake it off like nothing and you'll get some laughs
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Unread 11-17-2007, 08:15 PM   #9
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That is something I learned while playing trumpet in pep band many moons ago. Nobody else is going to notice your mistake if you don't acknowledge it. I mean, the dork musicians will, but who cares? Press on.
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Unread 12-01-2007, 11:20 AM   #10
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When I hear a bad note, many times even when they react to it, if it's a song I like then I forget about it two seconds later as long as they keep going. Even if someone notices, and even in the irony that they do remember it, nobody cares. They won't expect you to be perfect.
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Unread 12-02-2007, 12:52 AM   #11
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Just don't react.

I've seen performers who hit terrible notes, acted confident and/or like they meant to do it, and received enthusiastic applause afterwards.
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Unread 12-03-2007, 07:36 AM   #12
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Make a Joyful noise to the Lord is what my bible says. It doesn't have to be right on if you're singing for and to God.
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