Pianists: What do you do when you play a wrong note?

Do you become tense and speed up the tempo?
Or do you relax and realize that no one is perfect.

Do you let that mistake interfere with the next few notes, so the whole measure sounds bad?
Or do you smile a little and instantly recover through improvisation?

Do you spend the next 30 seconds worrying about what the audience thinks?
Or do you realize that no one really cares about the wrong note except you? (The audience has already forgotten about it and is enjoying your wonderful playing.)

So what do you do when you play a wrong note?
After all, the choice is yours!

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