I have just given a disappointing first recital. A piece I first started working on over three months ago, and only 57 seconds long. But the first note I played was flat and the entire piece stayed just about exactly as flat throughout (not the open strings, of course). Unfortunately, there was a piano, so the relative consistency of pitch was not a benefit. As I consider what I need to work on to avoid a repeat of this experience, I am stumped by the part where I was off, and I knew I was off, but I just couldn't manage to come back up to where I needed to be. It was like I was trapped in the Land of Bad Intonation. I had done this once before with this piece - six weeks ago. Silly me! - I thought it was an aberration.
So, what I need to know is a strategy - or a series of strategies - for regrouping on the fly. What can I do to return to the correct pitch if I have started badly and I cannot just stop and start over? And how do I practice it?
Many thanks for any ideas!
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