It’s going to happen, life will get in the way: work, health, spouse, kids, parents, Netflix… You name it, it will happen.
What to do?
My best response?
You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.
I'm a professional pianist and music educator in West Toronto Ontario. I'm also a devoted percussionist and drum teacher.