Lately I have been talking a lot about being ‘in the moment’ while performing. It sounds like a great idea, but I realized that in order to do it, I needed to define what it means.
To me, playing in the moment means not worrying about things that have happened in the past, or what you are dreading in the future. It means letting go of circumstances in your life, or on stage, which are beyond your control.
It means playing what you hear in your head, even if it is something that you are not sure if your fingers can execute. It also means that you have practiced and rehearsed to be prepared to play whatever might pop into your head. It also means forgiving yourself if you trip up or fall out of the groove momentarily- and finding humor in the mistakes.
Playing in the moment means being honest with an audience and giving them a glimpse of your musical soul.