Before I began with my serious band and began playing shows with some regularity, the fear of messing up used to make me so nervous that I would screw up even more, always accentuated by some angry facial expression.
Those days of those kinds of nerves are past, but I still can't "just play through" as they say. Every mistake is always highlighted by a grin. If I get way off, skipping sections and having to backtrack to fix it, I say something about it with a chuckle. This used to happen a couple times per set. Now it's more like once or twice per set. But people seem to enjoy my self-deprecating humor, and when I bring up my mistakes in conversation, they say they add to the show, so I'll stick with it.
This is kind of a lame thread, but it's a thread, right? So how about you guys?