October 3, 2015

Hello JO Students and Parents!

Parents: After today’s rehearsal, we have a feeling of continuity on “Pachelbel’s Canon” and “Cumberland Cross”. The challenge now is to make sure all the Orchestra members are holding themselves accountable for everything on their printed page!

Students: Now that you are more familiar with “Ode to Joy”, “Pachelbel’s Canon” and “Cumberland Cross”, it is now time to prepare “Ode to Joy” and “Cumberland Cross” for sectionals. At the same time, be sure to practice difficult excerpts in the other pieces.

Suggested practice spots on “Ode to Joy”:

Start with #22 (WW & Strings) – the counting is a bit tricky. Practice to #30.

#30 – #39 (All Winds and Strings) – this spot is similar to #27 but not quite the same!

#47 - #56 (All Winds) – there are several ties that occur over the measures. Be sure to count!

#76 – End – (All Strings and Winds) – practice slowly for notes. All eighth notes should be short and all the strings should play with a spiccato bow stroke (off the string)

Suggested practice spots on “Cumberland Cross”: Start at #45. Practice slowly paying attention to all the accents and staccato notes. Strings should be at the LOWER part of the bow only and should play with energetic SHORT bow strokes! This is a fun piece to play and the tempo will be fast and lively. But you MUST practice slowly for articulation to be precise. Practice to #58.

Keep practicing!! Have a! We look forward to seeing you in two weeks!

Mrs. Robertson & Mr. Austell


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