It never fails. I am staring down an open fairway on a disc golf course and way up ahead is a small little tree. Nothing else is around except for that tree. Nothing. I release my disc, and what inevitably happens? Yes, I hit that teeny tiny tree.
Why? Why does this happen?! The odds of me hitting this tree is very minuscule. There is so much more open field area than this tree.
The reason is that my focus is on the tree. I am incredibly accurate. I am hitting the object that I am thinking about.
This happens all the time in music as well. We play what we are envisioning in our head. If you are focusing on that really high note and all you hear is it fracking, then there is a really good chance you are going to do that. Instead think about how you should sound. Not what the audience will do if you hit that note spot on, but what that note or passage of music should sound like, or how you want it to sound like.
So, the next time you play your instrument are you going to hit the tree or sail passed it onto the open fairway? Or, as it happened to me at Putt Putt golf tonight, are you going to hit these dang skinny posts (every time!) or put it in the hole?