Although it’s important to have a specific practice space where you feel comfortable, it’s also important to be realistic about the demands of performance spaces.

All kinds of issues can come up during a performance, including bad lighting (including having a spotlight in your eyes), extremes of temperature, terrible acoustics, audience noise, and not being able to hear yourself.

Take a look at these performance stories I’ve heard from musicians I know.  (There must be thousands of similar experiences.  If you’ve got a story about a difficult performance environment, leave a comment!)

–The lights were so hot during a performance that a trumpeter started sweating profusely.  Sweat got in his eyes so he couldn’t read his music.  Both his hands and embouchure were so slippery he could barely hold on to his trumpet.

–During an outdoor orchestra concert, it got so cold that no one could move their fingers fast enough to play all their notes–even while wearing fingerless gloves.

–A jazz group played a concert in a church with a long, natural reverb and echo.  They could barely play at all as all the notes blended together in a jumble of noise.

You need to practice with these types of conditions in mind!  Make sure you’re able to play your instrument under extreme circumstances.

Do not depend on the comfort of your practice space when you go out into the world to perform!

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