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Is there a way to rehearse being in a stressful performance situation?

You've hit on a very important point. I give this speech often to my students, that we "practice practicing," but rarely "practice performing." Especially for a non-professional, a ...
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Rehearsal Letters: Skipping I, J, O?

Omitting either I or J appears to be fairly commonplace. Gardner Read's Music Notation: A Manual of Modern Practice says that "the letters I or J are usually omitted, the consecutive lettering going ...
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What type of soundproof setup would I need to have band practice without bothering the neighbors?

While sound proofing can be very effective, sound can be very easily transmitted through air and solid like walls or floors. So in a condo you may be able to sound proof your walls to limit the ...
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How to conduct rehearsals in a small band?

This is not a question of whether the band is rehearsing the right way or the wrong way. Since the band has existed longer than you've been a member, and the other members are content with the ...
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How to conduct rehearsals in a small band?

As I see it, only you and your bandmates can answer this, because it depends on what you want to do. First off, if you're not gigging... what exactly are you rehearsing for? Someone needs to step up ...
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Normal Mixer vs Joyo RockHouse/JamHub

Well, for a start you'll have to send your 3 stereo mixes to SIX of those output channels, configured as three stereo pairs. I don't think the supplied Settings Panel software is powerful enough to do ...
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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

he can skip the difficult passage and look at it next time play the passage without the whole section or ask the overtaxed players to take a rest during these bars choose another piece and ask the ...
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What type of soundproof setup would I need to have band practice without bothering the neighbors?

Let's just say you want to play as loud as you would in a concert. A little googling turns up 110 to 120db being a pretty standard range for concert volumes. The city of Binghamton, NY, USA ...
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How to conduct rehearsals in a small band?

One question that this spawns is Has the band played many gigs - in the 6 mths you've been with them? I suspect the answer is no. Too much time spent (wasted) in rehearsals to have a playlist of ...
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Rehearsal marks

I would recommend against using terms like "Verse," "Bridge," "Intro," etc. unless the piece is clearly referencing that stylistic norm. Why don't you think A, B, C, etc. make a lot of sense in "...
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Is there a way to rehearse being in a stressful performance situation?

Don't forget to get used to playing the pieces all the way through! I remember one brass band I played with for a bit which practiced every section of the 'contest' piece meticulously, not realising ...
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Rehearsal marks

The letters are the rehearsal marks. Simply naming a section verse, chorus, bridge, ect. is not using rehearsal marks. The purpose of rehearsal marks are to have "a checkpoint" when rehearsing the ...
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Do professional choirs run-through on the day?

It depends on the circumstances, but if it is a community choir, I assume you don't rehearse more than once or twice every week. Hence, rehearsing on the day of the concert or the day before will ...
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Band rehearsal over the internet

In the month since I wrote this answer, I've had several good sessions with JamKazam, including classical string trios. If everyone is in the same metro area, typical total latency is 20-30 ms. ...
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Custom rehearsal markings on an arrangement of a piece that already has them

Based on discussion in the comments, the optimal solution is to use one set of symbols for the piano score rehearsal marks, including the corresponding original orchestral rehearsal marks for ...
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Band rehearsal over the internet

A new fast device for online music rehearsals appeared – Push'n'Play.online. The project is now on Kickstarter, there is a video showing how it works, you can also check website. As I know, soon they'...
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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?

There is no fixed repetition count. You will definitely know once it is embedded in memory. The stages to embed a piece in memory are roughly: Play slowly. Play so slow, that your brain can keep up ...
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Are there good alternatives to expensive practice facilities in urban environments?

Go get a storage-unit - this used to be my go-to when the other musicians or I did not have the ability to accommodate our practice sessions. You'll want to shop around - the availability of on-site ...
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Is there a way to rehearse being in a stressful performance situation?

This actually applies to all players, not just horn players! A lot of good points from Andy - particularly his 1st - when everyone has had their part dissected and perfected, that's the time to play ...
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Is there a way to rehearse being in a stressful performance situation?

You have to find a setting, where you can practice and it matters. I.e. like saying, you'll play the whole concert program which takes two hours and you're not allowed to take breaks or start over ...
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Is there a way to rehearse being in a stressful performance situation?

When I had to audition for my university placement in the music program as an 18 year old, my hands and mouth shook so much I could barely get out a note on the flute. It was awful. The main thing I ...
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Ch. in Organ score

When an organ has two manuals they are usually called Great (Gt.) and Swell (Sw.) A third manual may be called Choir (Ch.). "The Choir organ contains stops well suited for accompaniment or light ...
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How to conduct rehearsals in a small band?

When I first started out, I took rehearsals very seriously. I thought you just couldn't go out and perform until things were solid. It was a different time when people took professionalism very ...
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Prepping to conduct an incomplete score

In Musical Theatre, the orchestra isn't really meant to be rehearsed in that kind of detail. In high-level professional situations (Broadway, and also the top tier of regional theaters), they don't ...
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Prepping to conduct an incomplete score

Conduct the music, let the players tag along. And conduct it in the same tempo as you did at the piano rehearsals. And if you changed anything at this stage, make sure the changes are marked in ...
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Is dictating a score from memory a good way to test if the piece is memorized?

One of my teachers talked about memorization as follows. There are different kinds of memorization, and once you've merged them all, you're set. 1) "See" ,in your mind, the score as you play. 2) Play ...
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What type of soundproof setup would I need to have band practice without bothering the neighbors?

It really depends on what you mean by "loud volumes", what would be acceptable to your neighbors, and what the pre-existing situation of the dwelling you intend to inhabit is. Your question isn't ...
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