September 2007

Music Practice Tips

September 13, 2007 23:44

I've just started up a new blog, It's a blog about practicing, and the various methods and ideas that can help in developing effective practice sessions.

The first post is on shortening your practice sessions to make for more effective time playing. Would be great if you'd head over and take a read, and possibly even a comment!

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September 11, 2007 17:30

Well, what’s been happening since my last post then. Hmm, Practice, rehearsals, that’s really about it. I’ve been having rehearsals for Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and for the WAYO Concert, and just last night started rehearsals for Princess Ida. I’ve got rehearsals Thursday, Friday, Saturday (2), Tuesday, Wednesday, then performances for Princess Ida Thursday, Friday, Saturday (2) and Sunday. Though thankfully after that I’m on mid-semester break (sometimes I just love being a Uni Student… there’s just so many holidays!), and then Production week after that for Britten.

I’ve also made some suggestions to the University that they change the way the orchestra is run. At the moment, it’s held as a 2 week intensive rehearsal session, with a concert at the end of it. For some reason, it didn’t work well this year, and the concerts weren’t as great as they should’ve been. I made some suggestions to the conductor, and received, in my opinion, a rather dismissive reply. Anyway, I think that we should be having weekly rehearsals, even if it is just the strings rehearsing every week. I also think that we could be putting on 4 or more concerts a year, instead of just two. I’ve stuck my head out on the line here in a way, but I think it’s worth it to hopefully infuse WAAPA with a performing spirit, which it seems to be lacking at the moment.

Finally, I’m putting together a plan to teach a public music appreciation course, and hopefully use the extra money I get from that to save up to go on a holiday after the WAYO tour in 2008 (if I get in next year). At the moment I’m planning on visiting LA, New York and London, though it’s also been suggested that I visit Washington DC (and even had an offer of accommodation which makes it very tempting). It’s a while a way, so I’ve got time to have a good think about where I want to go, and what’s going to be on in those places at the time.

Part of a post from my blog at Top Left Hand Page Click to read the full post.

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Tentative Holiday

September 9, 2007 23:08

I may have mentioned before that my Youth Orchestra is planning a Tour to Singapore and Japan in December 2008. I've been thinking about the opportunity, and thought I might give a go at trying to save up and do some extra travelling while I'm up in the Northern Hemisphere.

I had a bit of a think about where I'd like to go (everywhere!) and decided that being realistic about my chances of getting enough money together, to limit it to 3 cities that I really do want to visit. So I decided on LA, NY and London.

I thought that Los Angeles and New York are probably the two largest cities in the US, and probably also have the most stuff going on musically. So I thought spending 3/4 nights in these cities would be a great experience.

My mum was born in England, so I've always felt a pull to go there, so London was a definite place I wanted to visit. If I do go ahead with this plan, I'd probably want to spend a week in England, visiting places such as Ireland, Liverpool, Manchester, Wales, Scotland... hmm... Might need to limit that as well... otherwise I'll be spending each night of the week in a different city... which isn't necessarily a bad thing.

And of course, I know nothing about what's doing on in New York or LA - but I'm sure there's plenty of people on these boards who do know. So - what are the must see/do things that I should plan to do in LA or NY, given 4 nights in each city?

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