How to keep up chamber music repertoire without having a regular group to play with?
There are some very good advices about how to keep up solo repertoire in Repertoire Restoration: How Do You Keep Up?
Nathan Cole advised us to learn each piece from memory so it will come back more easily. Lydia's advice ties secured memorization to mental practice/performance by running them through in one’s head. Buri recommended creating a schedule to play through some of them. Do a quasi-recital if one has big enough repertoire.
That's a lot already, but then there are chamber works. I take them as quasi-solo works and I learn them well before first rehearsal. By the time of performance, I’ve got them memorized, but not to the degree that they’ll be retained for very long.
How do you restore chamber repertoire, if you don’t have a regular group to play them frequently?
Yixi, I think you have the right idea.
You could try Sit-Ins: https://www.sit-ins.com/
Maybe you could do something along the lines of "temporary" grzps that just play for one concert and break up, or have a circle of chamber music buddies that don't stick together all the time.
If you play viola you can also use it to play cello parts an octave up. The bass clef stave is then one note higher than alto but it's surprising how quickly you learn to throw a mental switch. Then using Audacity or similar software with a click track to keep time you can multi-track a string quartet or whatever and drop the "cello" line back to the proper pitch digitally. Learn a few more Audacity tricks to take care of tempo fluctuations, balance problems etc and you really can play and record string chamber music all by yourself. Of course it's no substitute for the real thing, but it avoids a lot of dispute!
Lydia, the Sit-Ins looks really great. Thanks! Will try it and let you know what I think.
Sit-Ins looks cool. No Android app though. I just play along with recordings.
In any case, one can play along with normal recordings..
I looked at the Sit-Ins. It's helpful for learning some new pieces because of different tempi it provides. I personally find this app not useful though because it's extremely limited repertoire.
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