violin soloing are they usually not reading music?
Like when a really good person stands in front of the orchestra, or like this Yanni solo are they not reading music.
Depending on the level, environment, and person, a soloist may perform with or without the score.
so just starting out should I ignore reading or jump right in reading music? I personally would prob play more if I was just messing around to see what sounds cool. But would like recommendations. Thanks week 1 of playing.
There are significant advantages to playing from memory and not being tied to the score, and we'd all do it all the time if our memory was reliable enough but it isn't so we have to read, at least when learning.
Dave, has Jeff said, you definitely want to find a good teacher and learn to read music. It will open you up to many different opportunities you would not have otherwise. Think if you wanted to play in some sort of group and they all read music but you couldn't.
Many performers still use music when playing -- you'll see plenty of soloists who do it these days, even. This is more common in recitals, where the repertoire is less familiar, than in concertos. But basically you push the music stand down to the point where you can just sort of see it when you glance down, and it's there to rescue you if you have a memory lapse. Page-turns have to be carefully arranged but are usually pretty doable.
Because I was exposed to "classical" music as a child (my father was a fan but not a musician) I can remember that soloists usually had the music on a stand as they played. However, the fashion changed and players started performing strictly from memory. This was when Stokowski was the music director of the Philadelphia orchestra and introduced conducting without a score. Gradually more-and-more performers and conductors were doing everything from memory - it was now mandatory for all "professionals."
I re-post something I wrote back in 2011 on a similar thread:
A couple of month ago I heard Julia Fischer performing Britten with the music stand (way down ) in front of her.
In the link you gave I'm pretty sure the performer is improvising. Not a score memorized, although clearly there are a bunch of licks in there. Standard improvised solo.
The OP is not talking about memorization, as he said in a later post: "so just starting out ... I personally would prob play more if I was just messing around to see what sounds cool. But would like recommendations. Thanks week 1 of playing"
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