Since we are all human, there will be times where either we or someone in our midst will sing the wrong note, sing the wrong words, come in at the wrong time, or even play the wrong introduction.

This is going to happen to us all at some point as we are not perfect. Regardless of the amount of time invested into the performance, there may still be a time where an “uh-oh” takes place. Understanding this, allow me to share with you some thoughts on how to respond when this happens either to you or someone in your group.

  1. Do your best not to draw attention to it. Turning the head to look at the “offender,” smiling, rolling the eyes, covering your mouth or face, laughing, etc. are all dead giveaways that there was a mistake. While some mistakes are quite obvious, often times our mistakes are not noticed by others even though they seem big to us. With this in mind, do your best not to draw attention away from the message of the song by behaving in such a way.
  2. If you were the one that made the mistake, be humble enough to admit that you made a mistake and work to keep it from reoccurring. No need to jump off a cliff.
  3. If someone else made the mistake, be one to encourage that person in private should the opportunity arise. Don’t make it a big deal.
  4. Learn from the “uh-oh.” Create a way to help you from making it again. Make notes in your music. Highlight areas that need your focused attention.

While we are right to stress excellence in our rehearsals and performance, we are also right to give grace when we don’t quite meet those standards in our minds. Let us be gracious Christians!

Dr. Kacy Palmore

Music & Business
Parkside Baptist Church
Mesquite, Texas