JO Students and Parents:

Arriving early enough to be ready for the 9:00 downbeat is a GREAT THING!

Regarding practicing at home, each member should be practicing his or her JO music at least four times for at least 20 minutes per time. If at all possible, practice with a metronome!

Now that we have spent quality rehearsal time on each of our pieces, it is time to spend QUALITY TIME on specific excerpts! See below:

Specifics for Strings

Be sure to SUBDIVIDE when you practice!

Chaconne and March: Review same spots as last week!

m. 57-61

m. 97-113

m. 141-153

m. 163-177

On the March, all 8th notes should be played short with a quick bow stroke.

Chaconne at 76 beats per minute; March at 96 beats per minute

Finale: Beginning – all down bows should be played with full, fast speed bows originating at the FROG! Work with the dotted eighth-sixteenth rhythms with the metronome at 112. Keep in mind that not all the notes are dotted. Some are 2 eighth notes. All 8th notes should be spiccato (off the string) and played with a relaxed bow hold close to the string.

CODA – first note long, followed by a lift to the frog.

Trepak: All 8th notes short and off the string!

Specifics for Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion

As always, be sure to play with a full, soloist style at all dynamic levels.

Chaconne and March: As you know, this piece is a significant challenge for everyone.

Be sure to practice:

m. 41-49

m. 61-67

m. 89-120

Chaconne at 76 beats per minute; March at 96 beats per minute

Finale: review the entire piece; 112 beats per minute

be especially careful of the rhythms we changed (to sound more like the original)

Trepak: be mindful of the articulations, especially the staccatos and accents!

As always, enjoy the excerpts you can play well, BUT be sure to practice your challenging excerpts MORE

And remember: rehearsal can be for clarifying what you have practiced at home, BUT NOT to make up for what you SHOULD HAVE practiced at home (but didn’t)!

And as always: Be sure to arrive at the AYS Building by 8:45

Be sure to have your instrument, music, pencil, and a tuner (if you own one)

Mrs. Robertson and Mr. Austell


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