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I remember being told once by a recorder player that early in their career they analysed every performance and beat themselves up relentlessly over every wrong note. She told me that after every performance she would pull out the score and circle the mistakes she had made (I can only imagine how damaging this would be to her self esteem, seeing the mistakes circled on the score she was practicing with for her next performance). One night after a performance of a Vivaldi concerto, a member of the orchestra pointed out that playing three wrong notes out of the hundreds/thousands in the score was nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, if you achieved 97% or 98% in any other endeavour, most people would be positively delighted. So why are classical musicians such perfectionists, and how can we prepare our students for the inevitable mistakes that happen during performance? [···]

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