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Sectionals are done for the semester, so we will need to focus our efforts carefully over the remaining seven (7) rehearsals! We thank our sectional coaches for their great work and sharing with us!
I asked students to sign up with me if they were interested in "souping up" our traditional arrangement of this classic piece. Specifically, we hope to create a unique arrangement of our own, using the version as recorded by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra as a model for electrifying our performance. To that end, students who play electric guitar, electric bass, synthesizer and drumset have been asked to listen critically to that group's recording of "Carol of the Bells" as a model. Students should bring these instruments and amplifiers on Oct. 6 (along with their folded luminarias). I hope to have a lead sheet for the rhythm section to use as a guide, but knowing the style well will give us the start we need.
Transitions are the key for us to perform this well. Listen to this recording as a guide: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gO64Bnv0J0c
Lots of musical work to be done here, but quality of sound is very, very important. When practicing this (and do practice it, even though rhythmically it seems "easy" at a glance), make sure you have beautiful tone!
These are our most confident pieces right now, but continue to work on your own individual spots and with a metronome (ALL, not just strings). Know that we will be working individual sections of this, be prepared to play your part alone and in sections, but more focus will be put on other material in the next few weeks.
Keep up the terrific work, everyone! I look forward to our rehearsal on Saturday!
Mr. Corbin and Ms. Brasher
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