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Practicing, Rehearsing, Performing

Postby Mark » Fri May 17, 2019 11:27 pm

Practicing, rehearsing, performing ... these are different activities.
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Re: Practicing, Rehearsing, Performing

Postby bloke » Sat May 18, 2019 8:58 am

"Warming up" is a pseudonym for "practicing".

"Blasting through excerpts on stage" is a pseudonym" for "showing off".

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Re: Practicing, Rehearsing, Performing

Postby Kory101 » Sat May 18, 2019 9:07 am

bloke wrote:"Warming up" is a pseudonym for "practicing".

"Blasting through excerpts on stage" is a pseudonym" for "showing off".

:lol:


A friend of mine told me a story when he started playing 2nd trombone in an orchestra. It was his first week of work and he was "warming up" on stage. He was playing through Hungarian March and the tuba player leaned forward in his chair and looked at my friend and said

"Huh, I didn't know we were playing Berlioz this week!" :tuba:
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Re: Practicing, Rehearsing, Performing

Postby paulver » Sat May 18, 2019 9:11 am

I used to beat that into the heads of my students.... but in most cases.... to no avail!!!

Even the parents used to refer to the evening rehearsals as "practice". I always corrected them, too. "Practice at home for the rehearsal here!!"
I can't begin to count the "rehearsals" that suddenly turned into practice sessions...... which totally destroyed my lesson plans, my time table for progress reports, and the schedule for performances.
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Re: Practicing, Rehearsing, Performing

Postby happyroman » Sat May 18, 2019 10:44 am

"Never practice, always perform." - Adolph Herseth

EDIT: The point was that every note you play, whether in practice or a performance, should be your very best. Both he and Jake felt that too often, students would accept mediocrity because they would say they were just warming up, and would say they would focus more once they start "serious" practice.

Every note you play influences the habits you develop, so make sure that every note is an example of your finest quality.
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Re: Practicing, Rehearsing, Performing

Postby Ace » Sat May 18, 2019 2:36 pm

bloke wrote:"Warming up" is a pseudonym for "practicing".

"Blasting through excerpts on stage" is a pseudonym" for "showing off".

:lol:


I totally agree, Joe. There is something annoying about a player, particularly brass, "showing off" at full volume onstage pre-concert and intermissions. I always admire players who use practice mutes if they feel it necessary to warm up on stage or in the pit.

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Re: Practicing, Rehearsing, Performing

Postby the elephant » Sat May 18, 2019 2:50 pm

Mark wrote:Practicing, rehearsing, performing ... these are different activities.


Further, there are two totally separate categories of practice (for me), which are: refining or maintaining how I play the instrument, and practicing music assigned for work.

I never mix the two up in my head; they are very different things for me.

And my warmup is five minutes long; anything beyond that is fundamental work or some other part of my daily routine.

Rehearsal is strictly an ensemble thing.
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Re: Practicing, Rehearsing, Performing

Postby bloke » Sat May 18, 2019 3:21 pm

I've done "faux" rehearsals a FEW times in my life:

When I had a really challenging (typically) brass quintet recital in my future, I would play straight though the entire thing a couple of times...counting all rests, and imagining the other parts in my head...no metronome...no tuner.

If really-REALLY challenging, I might run through a third time, with something REALLY distracting in the background (as a substitute distraction for ME barely goofing up or a colleague barely goofing up in the actual recital).
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Re: Practicing, Rehearsing, Performing

Postby NDCompuGeek » Sat May 18, 2019 11:31 pm

Would this approximate how I plan on treating my private lessons this fall in order to get my playing back on par? I am aiming to practice a lot at home (beginning with long tones and going to whatever my instructor directs), but when I come in to my instructor utilize that as an opportunity to perform what he taught me the prior lesson, along with ask any specific questions that may have brought me trouble while practicing. I figure I've only got him one hour per week, better make darn good use of our time together.
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