Hello, friends! Here is a recap of the previous year:
Fast forward to current day.
What is tilt?
Examples of musical tilt
- Tension: Grabbing the instrument like it owes you money after messing up a technical passage, leading to slower and clunkier movement
- Make-a-point-issimo: Playing everything shockingly loud because you want to singlehandedly save the sinking ship that is your ensemble.
- Tired embouchure: Overcompensating for pitch so far that your endurance is affected, leading to even worse pitch.
- Lack of focus: Being so overcome with grief over missing a note that you proceed to miss every entrance to come.
- Amnesia: You basically forget how to play your instrument/how to read music/how to do anything.
- Recognition: What is making me tilt?
- Deep breaths: Take a second (when possible) to calm yourself down. If need be, drop a note to breathe and then pick the music back up.
- Inject logic: What can I do? Is this something I can fix for next time?
- Refocus on making a good decision: Reset and forgive yourself. You've got many more notes to play that are completely unrelated to whatever garbage just came out of your instrument.
- Repeat: It will probably happen again. Be prepared!
Readers, I leave you with the following things to consider: How much does it take before your performance tilts and are you ready to forgive yourself and keep playing?