What happens after you finish playing a piece?
Your mind automatically fixates on the things that didn’t go well. That’s human nature, I guess.
However, if you only criticize yourself for the bad moments, without giving equal praise for the ‘shining moments,’ practicing and performing can become a pretty dark affair.
Don’t live in denial, vaguely thinking that everything is just wonderful. But I have found that acknowledging the good moments is a more effective ‘springboard’ for improvement.
How to get started with this?
Here’s a simple trick:
1. Play a passage twice.
2. Ask yourself which one was better. Which one had more ‘shining moments?’
See if you can replicate that success.
Always building, always finding something positive in your playing is just as valid as finding all the negatives.