The 3 Types of Performance Mistakes Musicians Make (And What To Do About Them)

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Originally published on August 9th, 2016.

I’ve developed a system that my band and I use to identify the degree of a mistake, and what we should do about it. I call it the “Stoplight System,” and it’s pretty easy to understand.

Why do we do this? Well, it helps us acknowledge when something is just a slip of the hand, and pay attention when the mistake is indicative of a larger problem. Maybe the issue is a particular melody being overly complex or poorly written, or maybe we’re just being lazy about practicing.

When mistakes happen, it’s useful to have a system so that you don’t cause frustration by focusing on casual errors, while at the same time noticing something isn’t working in a song, before you commit months to working on it.

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