Confession of a Perfectionista
I’ve been thinking about this lately, so I thought i’d put this thread out there. How many of you would consider yourself a perfectionist? How does it affect your playing?
I am a b*stard of a perfectionist, I am beginning to admit to myself. and it definitely affects the way I approach the music. for one, i often won’t play a tune in a session unless i know it really well. I don’t know lots of tunes but the ones i know i play freaking well. however, i won’t go to sessions because i don’t know alot of tunes. i know in my heart of hearts that i am very critical of others (playing) as well as my own. and as far as what counts as perfection: i have purist predelictions.
i suppose i get alot of this from my teacher. he was always nice during lessons, but there wasn’t much that could disguise the death look of disgust when he thought i was playing like trash, which was most of the time. he set a ruthless and uncompromisingly high standard.
while it’s not an altogether happy or healthy way to live, it’s my impression that there are alot of us perfectionistas and type-A-ers out there in ITM and it affects people in various ways. if fact, ITM seems to attract perfectionistas. any testimonials? anyone had any interesting encounters with perfectionistas? anyway, just wanted to see what others had to say on this.
nota bene: less than perfect replies will be summarily deleted by Jeremy!