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Share your formative performance experiences

Share your formative performance experiences

Most people who decided to dedicate their life to music have formative experiences as performers. You do not need to be a professional performer to have experiences as a performer that will stay with you all your life. I had such an experience when I played as a lead guitarist in a high-school rock band (we called ourselves: The Alleycats) , when I was about 15 years old.
I remember our first performance in my parent’s garden. There were about fifty people listening to our group. The band started playing and I improvised on my electric guitar. I remember the feeling of pressing the strings with my left hand. Each vibrato seemed like touching butter. It was physical pleasure playing these notes and I will not forget that I wanted to extend each note and each moment of this pure pleasure. I think that the whole experience was not more than one or two minutes, yet to me it seemed like eternity.
People have different experiences that they carry for many years. Often, these experience, which are related in various ways to performance, may change their lifes. I am very interested in such experiences and I would like to encourage you to share them with me and the readers of my blog.


Various performance experiences

The experience that I mentioned above is a very personal one and it is hard to communicate it to others. In fact, since it was more than 20 years ago (time flys…), it might have changed (Primo Levi speaks about the way our memories change). Your performance experiences might be very different. Here are a few possibilities:

Learning to play the piano as a child. Hitting the keys with your mother listening.

Playing together with a famous performer.

Playing together with someone dear to you.

Playing a certain of your favorite composer.

Playing at a certain important event (your marrige?).

The list can go on and on…

Share your experiences now

I would like to offer this blog post as a stage for musicians who had formative experiences during performance. Please consider sharing them with us. If you have an internet site with an About page (or a similar page on someone’s else website), please add a link to it so that people who read this post, will know more about you. Share with us your formative performance experience now (by filling the comments form below). Thank you!  

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One Response to “Share your formative performance experiences”

  • Alejandra Vega responded:

    My first public performance was intense and moving. I was 5 o 6 and played Andean folk music in a wind ethnic instrument called “pinkullo”. I performed with other people, they were students of folkloric music and there was a another group of students folk dances on the stage. I was so young that I couldn’t grasp the meaning of being on a stage until I was there, playing, surprised by the coloured dancers’ clothes (I was wearing traditional clothes too). The other performers were mainly adolescents, so they send me to the front because I was the shortest…
    Everything seemed natural to me. I was just playing (in the sense of playing a game). I wasn’t really aware of the “show”, the public, being evaluated, many issues with which I have to deal later… The experience was so positive that the memories of that moment have been scaffolding me during my whole life as a musician. I will always cherish that performance… it has been cherishing me for years.

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