- get enough sleep
- practice slowly
- ...calmly (not angry practice)
- ...in concert dress
- ...in the hall
- perform for an audience
- ...after jumping on a trampoline (Jean Martin-Williams)
- ...immediately upon waking up (Don Greene)
- ...fearlessly (Jeff Nelsen)
- expect the best
- ...the most realistic
- ...the worst
We are so inundated with advice, many pieces of which directly contradict each other. It can be overwhelming and downright confusing. So naturally, I'm going to offer you one more.
Here it is:
Erase your brackets.
You know the brackets I mean, those thin stripes of graphite reminding you each passage you still "can't play."
Rather than expecting the best or the worst or whatever is most likely to happen, I invite you to expect nothing at all. Listen to what you are doing - this is when the real music comes into play now, not the paper kind - and try to be just a little bit surprised.
You might just surprise yourself in a good way.