I had bad seating last year as a cellist in intermediate youth orchestra. I work on rhythm, as the conductor told me to. So how should I play to get a better seating this year?

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    First chairs often have private teachers outside of the band rehearsal/class. Do you have a teacher? If so, they might be the best one to ask. If not, and you're serious about cello, that is something you should look into. – Todd Wilcox Jul 11 '18 at 20:57
  • It's difficult to assess what you should work on with no indication of how well you perform (what do you feel or have been told you are not good at?) certain aspects of playing. As Wilcox mentions, a teacher should be able to determine better than SE can what you need to do to improve. – user45266 Jul 11 '18 at 21:38
  • @user45266 I conductor said rythm – itisyeetimetoday Jul 12 '18 at 18:49
  • @ToddWilcox I do have a private teacher, I just played my seating audition orchestra music. – itisyeetimetoday Jul 12 '18 at 18:50
  • What did your private teacher say when you asked them how to become first chair? – Todd Wilcox Jul 12 '18 at 20:06

Become a better player. And attain seniority. Both are factors in an education setup. The idea of learning an instrument - particularly a stringed instrument - ONLY through band or orchestra class bemuses me. But if this is the situation, yes, try to get some personal or at least small-group tuition.

  • First of all, I do have a private teacher, and this is not a school band. – itisyeetimetoday Jul 12 '18 at 18:48
  • OK. So just onward and upward, under the direction of your teacher. But, remember, everyone else in the cello section can do the same! Perhaps you'll be part of an 'All Star' cello section rather than the outstanding player. That's good too. – Laurence Payne Jul 13 '18 at 12:32

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