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Heather Broadbent

21 Orchestral Playing Tips

September 11, 2013 at 1:36 PM


  1. Start From the string

  2. Watch the conductor

  3. Watch concertmaster for bow length, distribution, style and match your playing to hers/his

  4. Feel full rests do not come in early

  5. Always subdivide

  6. Isolate upper position work

  7. Fast notey passages always be on the beat - do not rush - see notes in groups not one note at a time

  8. Do not hang over the rests

  9. Give every note its full exact value not too short and not too long

  10. Arrive to rehearsals at least 20 minutes before the A is given

  11. Don't rush to rehearsal - allow plenty of travel time

  12. Always have rosin, mute, pencil, eraser

  13. Healthy Snacks for break and drive home

  14. Extra contacts or pair of glasses

  15. Extra Strings

  16. Extra Bow

  17. Listen to recordings of orchestral pieces

  18. Have CDs in the car - listen to and from rehearsal

  19. Violinist on the outside writes fingerings on top/inside violinist writes fingering on bottom

  20. Small bows in fast passages

  21. Stay calm and Have fun:)

Yours in Light,
Heather Broadbent

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