Your Worst Performance Nightmare Comes True
No matter how prepared you are as a performing musician, there is always going to be opportunity to make mistakes. The worst mistakes are the kinds that are usually prepared for, yet they happen anyway. A guitarist can spend an hour in rehearsal, getting ready for their guitar solo at the correct moment, only to have their guitar on “off” when it is time for the lick. Blunders are also made by some of the best performers out there. A touring artist once forgot what city he was in during his performance, and shouted out the wrong city and a concert. How embarrassing.
These types of mistakes can also happen with the most classically trained as well. Have you ever been to see a symphonic orchestra perform? When was the last time you heard a member of the orchestra play the wrong note or forget their solo? It almost never happens, but one such performer had practiced the wrong piece of music for a performance, and did not realize it until halfway through the song. He recovered from it because his years of experience taught him to adapt to any sort of bad situation. He was lucky, but many are not as lucky.