Mistakes on the Piano

So you messed up while playing the piano? Life goes on. Keep a few things in mind and you will be a lot happier in the long run.

I’d love to hear from you…and maybe your mistakes : ) Post below!
-Wade

25 Comments on “Mistakes on the Piano”

  1. Thank for your story……I messed up this past Sunday by played the wrong notes at the intro of the song. I always wondered if anybody notices. I know I did, I apologized in the mic….I think I gave myself away!!!!

  2. My wife and I do ‘special music’ from time to time in our little church. (We are FAR from professionals, but we have the occasional moment of greatness—well, maybe not ‘greatness’, but at least ‘pretty-goodness’.) Every time before we start, I remind her (me) that as long as we start together and end together, the rest will be okay.
    It is hard to accept ‘praise’ when you really know and/or wish you had done it better. Your advice is very wise, just say thanks and accept that you are appreciated.

    1. It’s amazing how true your “Start Together, End Together” comment is. Oh, and I love your “pretty-goodness” comment…made me laugh!

  3. Can I just say your video tremendously blessed me today?!?!? Last Sunday, this exact thing happened to me…I thought I had my pages in order but turned out I had a page totally missing. When I flipped my music and noticed it wasn’t in order, I started turning pages desperately to find the missing page. No where to be found. Panic mode set in instantly. Normally, I could have fiddled my way through, but this was the first time we performed this song so I was clueless. Needless to say, we made it through- I’m not sure what my fingers were playing, but afterwards, the feedback I received was totally opposite on what I thought. And I said “thank you” out loud, but to myself, I was thinking ” no way could they have heard the same music I heard”. But as you stated, most times, the congregation is clueless as to when the music is “a little off”, but we [musicians] know the exact measure it went off…LOL.

    BY THE WAY, I love your site. Been watching your tutorials for about a month or so now. I’m thankful that God continues to place people in my path [even the ones I don’t know personally] to help me in my music ministry. God bless you!

    1. I feel for you! It makes me want to pack up my keyboard and leave the country when I make a mistake…lol. I’m very blessed to be able to help you out how I can. Love and prayers over your ministry!!!
      Wade

  4. Thank you for your story! Mistakes I have made during worship include playing in Eb rather than E, and then trying to figure out where to go with it. The other things that have happened regards using the midi switch where I have transposed one piece, and then forget to undo it when it is time to play something else….Always a challenge! Glad I am not alone!!

  5. Thank you soooo much for this video. I appreciate your truthfulness. It makes me feel soooo much better. I have just started playing in church and your videos have been life savers. I mess up, but I just laugh about it. When I get home, I keep practicing hoping to stop making mistakes. I tell people that I mess up, but I won’t anymore!! I will do my best for the Lord!

  6. Wonderful comments!
    I have just started to play a little in our small church for a few congregational choruses and I just tell our most charitable congregation just to keep singing even if I mess up. Even if I totally stop playing they keep singing. As long as its a very familiar song thats fine

  7. Thanks for this video!! I really needed to hear this. After playing one obviously wrong note in a chord at church last week, I spent the rest of the service thinking about it and instead of paying attention to my pastor, I sat there trying to calculate how many notes I played correctly in the song in comparison to the one I messed up on. Sad how hard we are on ourselves to be perfect. I think about how music we hear recordings of- how those musicians got to record and re-record themselves till they got it right. But us church musicians get a few days to learn songs from scratch and one shot to play them perfectly on Sunday!

  8. I played the introduction to a hymn and the song leader didn’t come in, so I played it again. Still, he just stared at me. So I played it a 3rd time, wondering the whole time what his problem was. Finally after the 3rd time playing the intro, he announced that I was playing the wrong song! I wanted to crawl under the bench! 😂

  9. That helps me so much. I am deathly afraid of making a mistake so I keep telling my worship leader I won’t play the keyboard. Maybe after this I will have the confidence to do it.

  10. I have been told not to worry about mistakes. The Holy Spirit can make beauty from ashes. He can make beauty from our mistakes.

  11. Thank you so much for your honesty!!! I have struggled with perfectionism my whole life and can be very hard on myself sometimes. God has been working on my heart and my pride to show me that I am loved just as I am… I don’t have to be perfect to be accepted and loved. I deeply admire that you are so honest and open and show that it is ok to make mistakes. Allowing others see our mistakes and our “realness” makes us more approachable, relatable, and endearing. Your message is so encouraging! Thank you so much! I enjoy your site and I am so blessed by your lessons! Thank you for being you! God bless you!

  12. Thanks for sharing! We are our own worst critics and you are right, most of the time no one notices except us. One of the things the Lord really dealt with me about for almost 2 years as a worship leader is my “perfectionist” mentality. If I am constantly focused on the songs being perfect my focus is in the wrong place. My job is to lead the congregation into the very throne room of God and if I am focused on “perfection” I am not truly worshipping, I’m entertaining. Don’ get me wrong, I think we should do what we do for the Lord to the best of our ability and be prepared, but I have learned over the last two years that if I get my focus on God during worship the Holy Spirit takes over and those little imperfections don’t matter. They are nothing more than a tool of the enemy to keep us from doing what He called us to do with confidence and freedom. God is good all the time and I am going to worship Him with my whole heart, imperfections and all! 🙂

  13. Thank you Wade! That is so encouraging! Yes, I make many mistakes when I lead worship. Im also learning to quilt and a friend shared with me about the Amish quilt. The Amish have it right… They don’t expect perfection in their quilting. In fact, they don’t attempt perfection, when they make a quilt, they always purposely make one mistake because the only perfect One is God. We do our best and commit the rest to the Lord! Thanks again for your honest encouragement.

  14. I would like to pay for lessons with pay pal. Is that doable? You are an awesome instructor. I appreciate your instruction!

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