My Concert Preparation

On the day of a concert, I usually warm up as usual in the morning. Then I might play slowly through any difficult passages from the music for that concert.

In general I try to keep the day stress free, and my mind calm.

For an evening concert, I try to leave the afternoon open. I often take a nap to be sure I am fresh for the concert. Then I might take a walk if the weather permits, or, if not, I do some yoga at home.

I usually feel nervous throughout the afternoon, a pit in my stomach, sometimes a bit of nausea.

I eat a very light meal before a concert, since heavy food will make me feel sluggish. Tonight I had several oranges and some cheese. That's it. Of course, I'm usually famished after the concert.

I'm off to play a concert with the Columbus Symphony. Ciao!

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4 comments for “My Concert Preparation

  1. Bob Pfeifer
    April 19, 2010 at

    Well, I certainly get nervous, and for the same reasons as you (not letting down fellow musicians and the conductor). But to be honest, I also don't want to let down the audience…as sometimes they've plunked down some pretty good coin to see the orchestra. And without them, we probably wouldn't have a job. But for me, I mostly don't want to let myself down. Nerves have a funny way of working themselves in if you aren't careful, so I try to remember why I'm there…to do what I love, and to have fun while doing it. Maybe you should write a piece focusing on the subject…I'd love to hear more of your thoughts.

    P.S….I did Pines of Rome tonight on the Legere Signature…it's an AMAZING little piece of plastic! Thanks for all your tips and recommendations on the subject!

    • April 19, 2010 at

      Glad you like the Legeres. I love them. With the right mouthpiece they are fantastic. Tell Guy Legere your experience.

      I think anyone whp cares deeply for what they do gets nervous. And anything really worth doing is a deep challenge and a journey. I don't play well becasepeople pay. I play to make them happy, to give them beauty.

      — Sent from my Palm Pre

  2. Bob Pfeifer
    April 18, 2010 at

    Thanks for posting this, David. Very interesting. But…you get nervous?! Hard to believe!

    • April 18, 2010 at

      Yes. I think most principal players in positions like mine do. We don't want to let our colleagues down, not the audience. So much fine tuning goes into a good performance, and there are many possible pitfalls.

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