My excerpt sounded good, now it sounds bad...
I have an audition in 2 weeks so I started video recording ahead of time. My excerpts sounded good in the beginning but now I'm fumbling over passages, rushing, and in general they don't sound as good as they were about a week ago. How can I fix this and should I still keep recording them?
Had you recorded yourself at all before this week? That’s a very useful part of audition preparation— record yourself, listen to the playback with the music in front of you and a pencil in your hand to mark where the problems are, practice the problems. Lather, rinse, repeat.
I have had the same problem with a number of pieces. My teacher suggested exactly what Mary Ellen said above, and its made a massive difference to my playing
I bet "work on them with a metronome" also means to take the tempo down very far and make sure that you're really organizing the details of your hand positions, etc., very assiduously.
I'm just some dog on the internet, but maybe you are overpracticing? I would be cautious to tell you to take a day or two off and let it marinate, given your upcoming schedule, but maybe you are coming at practice with a certain kind of inflexible mindset.
I suspect that you have begun to worry about the audition, and your hand/s and body are tensing up and tension is interfering with your technique. This happens to me also. I am not sure how to solve this problem.
What I have found with students who have gotten passages up to tempo and think that all is ok, I have them play the passage in tempo with a metronome. Then I have them play at a bit slower tempo with the metronome, then a little slower, and slower, and slower. They will find that there are "little mistakes" that start showing up. We search for a tempo when everything is perfect (meaning in their perception.) Sometimes, this will be really slow.
I am with Cristian. Practicing is like medicine. Take too little and it has an insufficient effect. But if you overdose you get a problem as well.
And,-- it is natural to be dissatisfied upon hearing your play-back.
Thank you everyone for your help! I'm going to take a break for a few days and then come back and practice slowly.
If your recorded excerpts are really getting worse, I would guess that you're becoming anxious when you record.
I've had this problem!!! I always found that when I practiced a piece too much, after a few months I get sloppy. Just slow it down, and pretend like you're learning the piece over again. That's what I did on the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, and it worked!!!
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