Questions tagged [rehearsal]

Questions about the practice or preparatory performance of a musical piece for later public performance to ensure that all details of the performance are adequately prepared.

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Normal Mixer vs Joyo RockHouse/JamHub

I have an instrumental trio with E-Drum, guitar and bass. Due to the fact that I have some neighbors near to my house, we are forced to make a silent rehearsal. Next Saturday will be our first attempt....
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Custom rehearsal markings on an arrangement of a piece that already has them

I've arranged a 75 minute symphony for solo piano. This piece is obviously very long, as are its four movements, but it can in fact be relatively well divided into smaller, musically cohesive sub-...
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How many repetitions of a piece I'm learning should I do before the notes become permanently embedded in my memory? [closed]

Do people forget songs once they master it and don't practice it for months and years? I am practicing many songs and doing ear training and scales and chords and many things in parallel. Hence have ...
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Singing and hearing quarter tones

I’ve just received a choir piece that contains some (rare) quarter tones on long held notes. For example, a B which slides into a Bᴓ (that's a half flat). I’ve tried singing the part where it happens. ...
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Band rehearsal over the internet

I am playing in a jazz band. We usually have band rehearsals every week. Due to coronavirus regulations, we are not allowed to meet for rehearsals for at least 6 weeks. We would like to switch to ...
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When working on a excerpt that is difficult for one section, what should the director do to not waste practice time with the rest of the sections

When MDing, if a section has an excerpt of the music that is quite difficult and may require 10-15 minutes of work in order to build understanding of that section, what should the Music Director do so ...
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Rehearsal Letters: Skipping I, J, O?

Sometimes in orchestral scores, rehearsal letters I, J, or O may be skipped. For example, Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 does not have a rehearsal letter J. What is the reason?
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Musicians' jargon, on-stage communication

I’m translating a documentary about a Hungarian folk-jazz musician into English and there are a few words, which I am sure are very simple, yet which I simply cannot find a solution for anywhere on ...
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Is dictating a score from memory a good way to test if the piece is memorized?

My RCM ARCT Performer's Piano exam is one week away, and at my last lesson I had trouble memorizing Mozart's Sonata in B-flat major (K 333). As you may know, memorization is compulsory for the ARCT ...
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Prepping to conduct an incomplete score

When I studied conducting at the conservatory, we always had, well, scores to work with. I got very good at reading, understanding, and working with full scores for many sorts of ensembles. And when ...
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Do professional choirs run-through on the day?

I sing in a local community choir and we are having a discussion about whether or not we need to rehearse the music before, during the afternoon of the concert or if we can get away with having the ...
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Ch. in Organ score

Christmas musical has organ accomp, and there's a Ch. near the top of the score a couple pages in. Was asked if I knew the meaning...and I don't. Any help here? Thanks.
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Rehearsal marks

I'm looking for a good way to mark sections of music piece. Using simple letters such A, B, C doesn't make a lot of sense in "modern" music pieces. Is it still ok to use markings like Verse, Bridge, ...
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Markings after Rehearsal mark

The question is about writing marking (pedal, Chord symbols, dynamics ...) after Rehersal marks. Is it a good practice to write down Markings after RM again even if it is repetitious?
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Are there good alternatives to expensive practice facilities in urban environments?

I’m a drummer who recently moved from Rochester NY to Boston, and I’m looking to get my footing in the music scene here. Music is not my full time gig (PhD student by day), and so it’s tough for me to ...
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How to conduct rehearsals in a small band?

We have small band of four people(vocals+guitar, bass, drums and trumpet). It is our hobby, if it matters. I am trumpeter and the most recent(half a year) member of a band. We rehearse every week and ...
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What type of soundproof setup would I need to have band practice without bothering the neighbors?

I need to be able to play at loud volumes any time day or night. Is it necessary to have a house, or can I accomplish this in a condo or townhouse? If I need a stand alone house, how far must it be ...
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Do music stars rehearse regularly with their band?

I was wondering , do music stars like David Gilmour , Phil Collins (etc.) rehearse each rehearsal with their band ( not the original band , but their band - for example : David Gilmour doesn't ...
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How can I introduce a band into working with a drummer?

I auditioned for a band the other day, this band has music that they wrote, BUT they had never wrote the material with Drums in mind. The band never had a drummer before. This wasn't that much of an ...
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Preparing for my first jazz gig

My first jazz gig is coming up (in about 45 days) and rehearsals start tomorrow. We are a quartet consisting of Bass, Drums, Guitar and Saxophone. I am used to playing with the rhythm section - ...
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How can I ensure each instrument and vocals are audible during band rehearsal?

I have read a lot of advice on how to mix live performances and recording of bands. I have learned about making sure instruments are isolated in their frequency ranges during performances so that each ...
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Cheaper Rehearsals - Regular Practicing

Most bands / solo artists seem to be skint so where are they practising / rehearsing? (Especially if you need to be practising twice a week or more, and can't practice at home) Studio prices don't ...
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Recording practice jams with a cell phone: reduce input clipping

I have been recording our practices with a cell phone for several months now. I have successfully recorded nearly every week, producing signals with waves which are captured entirely within my ...
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Caffeine / Alcohol Before or During Rehearsal

I have been rehearsing an average of once a week most recently. We have a decent stock of songs, but are continually adding new candidates. I find that on the days where I have been drinking coffee, ...
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Band rehearsal: how to prepare for suboptimal monitoring conditions?

Some friends formed a group. They sound really good at rehearsals, and they all are solid musicians. The problem is that when they play for an audience, the live conditions change every time, ...
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Other ways to practice singing

I'm new to singing and music and I'd like to be a great singer one day but I can't always sing; that wouldn't be healthy for my voice. (Also at some point if I have to sing 'Holy' again I might just ...
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How to sing better in a band situation?

The singer in my band can sing very well. When he is singing by himself playing an acoustic guitar he sounds great. However when put into a situation where he is singing with a full band (ie: studio ...
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Silent drum warm-up exercises

In my brass band, we usually start rehearsals with a hymn tune to warm up. Hymn tunes make a good warm-up exercise, but not for the drummer: I usually have either tacet or long rests punctuated by ...
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Getting a youth band to look up

Tomorrow I'm standing in for the conductor to lead a rehearsal of my "training" band. This is effectively a school group: most of the players are fairly new and still have trouble reading music, ...
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Overcoming the "we're not good enough" syndrome in amateur choirs

I've seen this in pretty much every amateur choir I've ever been in; the director will avoid putting certain pieces in front of the full choir (or any of them), the major reason being some sugarcoated ...
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Finding bandmates in a new city

I'm a young drummer that moved to Los Angeles. How do I find bandmates? I've tried posting and replying to ads on Craigslist and am going in circles. Most, not all, have been flaky or are into a very ...
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countering the "softer = slower" problem?

My choir has a consistent tendency -- absent a metrenome or vigorous conducting -- to slow down for quieter dynamics (and then never regain the original pace). We have several individuals with good ...
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How to maximize band rehearsal time?

So, I've been playing in bands for a while now, sometimes with people who have PhDs in music performance, sometimes with people who only play by ear. Regardless of the level of professionalism, I ...
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How to hear yourself better at the rehearsal studio?

In most rehearsal studios I play, I often face the same problem: the amplifier (even sometimes being a half-stack) is laid directly on the floor, and there's not much space for me to stand except ...
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Teaching Bandmates to Count

I started out as a classically trained guitarist and spent my high school years playing bass in a (school) jazz ensemble, so I have some (limited) formal musical training. Playing rhythm in Jazz ...
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Keeping track of problems during rehearsals

As a mostly untrained conductor, one problem I've always had is keeping track of problems with a piece as we work through it. Something will stick out and I'll want to go back, but all I could ...
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