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Forgetting the musical notes while performing in concert

For some reason, practice isn't always enough for prepare us for a performance. That's not unusual. Some things that have helped me and others I've talked to include: "Practice" performing in ...
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Forgetting the musical notes while performing in concert

Dealing with pressure Get a sound recorder or use your phone and record your performances. The extra pressure of recording yourself will cause similar pressure to an actual performance. Also practise ...
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Forgetting the musical notes while performing in concert

A good practice exercise I've found to help with this is to play along to a metronome and not play every other bar. For example, play bar 1, then sit in silence for bar 2 whilst imagining the sound in ...
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Forgetting the musical notes while performing in concert

Mistakes are inevitable. Learning to play through mistakes is its own skill, one that has to be learned. The technique for learning to play through mistakes is different than the technique for ...
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Is it common practice to audition new musicians one-on-one before rehearsing with the entire band?

Playing without the rest of the band? I'd walk away from it. It's a two way thing. While you want to know how the prospective player works, they also want to know how the rest of the band works. All ...
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Is it a reasonable assumption that the best singers perform the lead roles?

No. Firstly, often auditions are for specific roles, so at that level, it could be possible that the "best" singers all happen to be auditioning for a supporting role. Further, who's to say ...
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Is it common practice to audition new musicians one-on-one before rehearsing with the entire band?

You might be interested to know how auditions go for positions in symphony orchestras. In most, but not all, cases, applicants perform solo or with a piano accompanist for a couple rounds. If they ...
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Forgetting the musical notes while performing in concert

There is a difference between practicing for performing and practicing for practicing. When you practice, do you experience that the first play-through is worse than the second or third? When you ...
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How should I choose a piece for a beginners choral audition?

The choice of piece matters very little (especially in a "no prior experience" audition). What matters is that you use a piece that you are comfortable with and know well, and that shows ...
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Forgetting the musical notes while performing in concert

There is one problem we could overcome when memorzing music if we consider how the form of a music piece would look like if there wouldn't be the layout of 3 bars per line as most sheet music is ...
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Forgetting the musical notes while performing in concert

Given what you've said about that piece being a favorite, and one you've played many times over many years, I think it's fairly clear the issue is not one of not spending enough time on rote ...
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Preparing for Auditions after time away

On string instruments, we often play open strings in order to practice bow control. My intuition says that the analog for brass would be to use whatever slide position is most comfortable, and play ...
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Which measures make up Beethoven Symphony No 5 Mvt 4 Opening?

(For reference, a copy of the score.) Analytically, the first theme goes from either mm. 1 - 22 or from mm. 1 - 26, depending on whether you consider mm. 22 - 26 as part of the theme or transitional ...
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Music Selections for Auditions

I would recommend looking up the particular schools where you're auditioning to see if they have a recommended list. I just briefly searched two schools--Indiana University (Bloomington) and the New ...
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Forgetting the musical notes while performing in concert

A common technique I use is memorizing discrete chunks of a piece (one or two lines to a page long), and mixing them up. For example, I will play from memory the entire piece backwards (chunk 20 to ...
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Would it be considered rude to audition for a solo that's not in my part?

If it's open auditions, then it's open auditions. However, this is a question for the ensemble director. "Am I eligible to audition for the part?".
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Forgetting the musical notes while performing in concert

I think it's important to realize that performing means enjoying yourself playing the music. However, instead of joy, you feel stress because of the people listening, you don't want to let them down, ...
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Forgetting the musical notes while performing in concert

I'm no longer a performer, but I've had this happen to me a lot, even at the later stages of my 'career' as a performer. To a lesser extent, I would say that 'trivial' such moments happened in ...
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How to create a stereo sound with independent channels in Adobe Audition?

Crerate two mono tracks. Put one of your mono sounds on one of them, the other or the other. Pan one track hard L, the other hard R.
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How to stylistically prepare symphonic pieces for auditions

In my experience performing in front of critical audiences, if you are able to convince them of your intent in a masterful way they will allow your interpretation and any personal variations to stand ...
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Choosing a song for choir acceptance audition

Did you get in? But seeing as the question has popped up again: The requirement for a choir singer is a strong, accurate voice, and excellent music reading. A high degree of solo 'expressiveness' ...
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Any tips on how to get nord piano 3 to sound better?

There is no best sample for recording, you are just using a different sample from the one used in the video you want to emulate. Check here: http://www.nordkeyboards.com/sound-libraries/nord-piano-...
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Preparing for Auditions after time away

There's two main angles here, what you're practising and how you're practising it. For the what the rudiments and fundamentals are always key be you a new beginner or a seasoned pro. Many folks who ...
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World-Wide Standard Music Certification

Music is such a big field that it isn't really possible to answer this. There are organisations and colleges such as Berklee which have some international reputation, it can be helpful to have ...
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World-Wide Standard Music Certification

There are systems of graded examinations in performance for most instruments, and for theory, designed to cover the stages from beginner to pre-college. Here's a couple of 'classical' ones https://gb....
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What are the audition repertoire requirements for a U.S. undergraduate classical piano performance degree?

This post has three sections which can be read independently: General requirements Examples of requirements Getting school-specific information Special bonus section: some preparation advice ...
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Choosing Excerpts for Concerto Audition

There really are no instructions, besides "15 minutes, three movements"? It's unusual that they let you pick your own passages. If I were judging a competition, I would ask for a selection ...
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How should I choose a piece for a beginners choral audition?

Somewhat late to dip into the bag and find something suitable! Especially if you have to learn it from scratch. Several thoughts. Keep whatever it is within your vocal range. If your voice is ...
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How should I choose a piece for a beginners choral audition?

I cannot reach the upper notes of O Salutaris (F5 and G5), and I have five days to practice. In this case you might want to avoid picking that piece, especially if you hope to be in the soprano ...
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