Robert Estrin - piano expert

Why You Must Find Your Place in the Score When You Make a Mistake

A small yet powerful tip for all musicians

In this video, Robert gives you a useful tip to add to your practice arsenal.

Released on July 29, 2020

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Video Transcription

This is a, your online piano resource. I'm Robert Estrin with a very, very important subject today, which is why you must find your place in the score when you make a mistake. You know what happens. You're playing long, everything's going fine. Suddenly you miss something and go, "Wow, I never missed that. That's easy." And so you just want to go back to the beginning, and go through it, and you probably will get through it okay the second time around.

But you're missing an incredible opportunity. Whatever you miss there has some level of insecurity. Now, I know how hard it is to find your place in the score. You just want to go back and pass that point. But if you take that extra time, have the music on your music rack, and find where that was and figure out what the confusion was that that caused that problem, this will prevent future problems. Because you might get it nine out of 10 times, and every time you miss it you go back and you say, "Oh, I know I can get this." But when you do go back, you're missing the opportunity to find out what the problem was and secure the memory so that never happens again.

My recommendation to you is take the extra time, and I understand how hard it is. It's even hard for me. Sometimes I'm practicing a piece of music and it's like, "Where the heck am I?" And it's frustrating. I get it. But I take the time, because I know it will help me in the long run. And I want to share that with you. No matter how long it takes, find where you are and that way you'll be able to eradicate that uncertainty that you have in that place, and it will never plague you again. I hope this is helpful for you. By the way, there's lots more videos ... extended videos on Patreon, which you can check out. Thanks for joining me. If you haven't already subscribed, ring the bell, and thanks all of you for joining me here today. Robert Estrin at
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Regina Parham on July 30, 2020 @5:18 am PST
Thank you for stating it with those specific terms and the way (structure of your thoughts) that you did. I've heard this for years and it never "clicked." Recently, I have begun to listen to songs and write the notes out. At first, trying to do long passages, I just got lost. Then I started again still getting lost but gradually getting to ever shorter segments. Now after reading this, I realize I have been doing this very thing without realizing it going back to the point of mistake and sorting it out. Thank you for painting a very clear picture and helping to just keep it simple and much easier.
Robert - host, on July 30, 2020 @12:15 pm PST
So glad to hear that this idea resonates with you!
Regina Parham on July 30, 2020 @12:32 pm PST
Thank you. I'll look
forward to seeing your
future postings.
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