I brought my new baritone psaltery to my autoharp group today, thinking I could play along with the group. I can play at home just about anything I can hum, so I thought I would have a great time. Nope!! I found out that it's much harder to play with others than I thought. Everything I can play at home by myself just fell apart. It was awful. Is this normal? Will it get better? Help!!
I know just what you mean. Suddenly, one doesn't know whether to go up or down. One's mind goes blank and sounds are not what one expects!!
I am determined that this will get better!
Thank you, Sue. It's comforting that I'm not alone in this. I suppose it's just a matter of more practice?
Someone, somewhere, offers this advice: OVER-practice! But here I am searching my computer for lost documents. I'd rather be psalterying!
This has also happened to me. I play with two bows and it looks like I'm having a sword fight with myself! I may even be able to play some of the tunes at home okay and still have trouble playing with a group. It might be the tempo, maybe the song is being played with some variances that surprise me, or just hearing other instruments can cause me to lose track of the next note. I think it'll improve if I get out more often.
Thanks so much, Dave. It is really encouraging to hear that I'm not the only one this has happened to. My new plan is to learn to play a tune along with a youtube video to get used to playing with other instruments.