A part of preparing to perform music is a psychic readying — we need to be prepared to accept very fine results. Perhaps this seems strange, since so much practicing of classical music focuses on avoiding mistakes?
Our practice can prepare us to receive. Any sense that we don’t deserve or are not entitled to extraordinary music making can impede it.
Especially if time is short or preparation is scant, we may play less well than possible because we don’t believe we can do better. Our doubts then, rather the lack of preparation, limit the result.
Am I suggesting that performers practice less? Am I advocating huckster Harold Hill’s “think system” from Meredith Wilson’s Music Man?
It’s just to say that suddenly hearing exceptional music coming from our hands can be daunting, and we have to be ready not to get in the way…