The primary objective for ALL musicians is to practice with a metronome, starting at a slow tempo and gradually speeding up. There are fast passages in The Quest that need to be practiced much slower before it can be played accurately and in tune at rehearsals. Do not increase the tempo until you can play it perfectly several times in a row. Playing through the music over and over again is NOT practicing. Instead, make every minute meaningful by choosing a specific goal for your practice session. Each goal does not have to be big or long, but can be something such as, “I am going to play measures 118 through 126 slowly until I can play the rhythm accurately and the notes in tune.”
Another important aspect of practicing is listening to a recording. Listed below are links to professional recordings of each piece of music that will help you see the “bigger picture” of what the piece is supposed to sound and how each of your parts fit into that bigger picture. Following along in your music, marking in the entrances of other instruments, and adding any helpful tips for yourself are the best things that you can do as a musician.
Ukranian Bell Carol There are different versions of this piece however, they are all based on the same melodic and rhythmic themes. This version is probably the most well-known and is arranged and performed by the Tran-Siberian Orchestra. Research and listen to other recordings of this piece to give yourself a wide variety of interpretations to learn from.
When we meet back up again the rehearsal schedule will be the same:
8:30-9:15 Full Rehearsal
10:45-11:30 Full Rehearsal
Remember, we do not have rehearsal next weekend (September 1st). Enjoy the extra time you will have by practicing and doing a bit of relaxing. See you in two weeks!
Mr. Corbin and Ms. Brasher
We rely on donations from generous individuals and businesses like you to provide symphonic performance experiences to Albuquerque’s talented young musicians and access to music education for students in need.