I am practicing these two pieces to enter orchestra, but I am having difficulty practicing it. Specifically, as I am quite a beginner, I am not sure about many things technique wise. For example, how should this sound like, or what could I do to better it? Things like this are always in my head. Here is a link to the orchestral recording for Symphony No. 15 in G Major:

Here is a link to the orchestral recording of Appalachian Festival:
I am aware that my question is quite broad, but really any information or tips for a beginner would greatly help. You may also search for the violin parts (I play violin) of those pieces. Thank you.

  • I think this is too broad for a stackexchange question. This is what a teacher is for. Failing that, you can try finding mutual feedback groups online and share recordings, but I've found those to give poor quality feedback
    – Edward
    Dec 12, 2022 at 1:13
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    Without a teacher, it's going to be very hard if not impossible to learn even basics that you'll need to qualify for most orchestras. Dec 12, 2022 at 1:55
  • The first and most important piece of advice is "get help." Even if you can't find or afford a teacher, can you find an advanced student who's willing to listen and give you tips? Even a non-violinist who can read music well, like a parent, choir teacher, etc., can tell you if you're making basic mistakes in pitches or rhythms. Ideally, ask someone in the orchestra you're auditioning for for help—they want good players, and want you to do well. Auditions, especially for school orchestras, are usually graded on a few factors, some of which are more important than others... Dec 12, 2022 at 15:45
  • ... You should solve your "biggest problems" first. Ask yourself (and others!): 1) Am I playing the right notes (pitches)? 2) Am I keeping a steady tempo, and playing the notes for the right durations (rhythm)? 3) Am I playing in tune (intonation)? —Only if these things are right should you worry about anything else. If they are, then, 4) Am I getting a good tone (bow control—using a firm bow weight, enough speed, and controlling the contact point, not too close to bridge or fingerboard)? 5) Am I doing the dynamics that are printed? —And then you can worry about finer details like... Dec 12, 2022 at 15:48
  • 6) Am I using the right "style" for this piece—is my staccato appropriate for Mozart? (I'm guessing, from this question, that this is a level of detail that you don't need to work on right now) or 7) am I adding musically sensitive and appropriate "expression," beyond even what's marked on the page? Dec 12, 2022 at 15:50


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