Things fall apart (i.e. my flute playing) at sessions
So from some of the discussions I’ve seen, I’m a little afraid to post this, but hoped that a relative newbie to ITM could get some suggestions or ideas (or at the very least, hear from someone who may have experienced a similar thing).
So I have a long background in classical piano and flute (thirty*cough**cough*some, not wonderful or anything, but not too bad either) and so I really really know how to practice. I’m very good friends with my metronome, and how to work with small sections, learn from the end of tunes rather than from the beginning. I practice tunes and build them up and work on trying to get in varying ornaments/articulations and can play them at home usually pretty well.
And then, I go to session. Hence the title. Every once in awhile, when the stars align and the fates are right (annoyingly also not really lining up in any logical way with the time/ amount that I have practiced) I’ll go and at least the tunes will go fairly well. Most of the time though, with everyone around I find myself getting lost in the repetitions (which doesn’t happen at home) and feeling like the tunes are changing out from underneath me when I’m not looking and I don’t mean changing tunes in a set (Ha, you thought you were just setting out to see the Mist on the Mountain? Oh, no lass, we’re Coining the Moon!).
Is there a certain way that I should be practicing that I’m not to prepare for a group setting that does constantly change (in a good way) and isn’t rehearsed in the same way as a band or orchestra? Has anyone from a classical background experienced this?
It’s super embarrassing too because there are so many really good players at my session and then there’s me…