wonderful music that is being posting online during these strange pandemic days, I have to say that I get a little jealous.Watching some of the
To be quarantined with a collaborative pianist! Or a quartet!
It got me thinking, how many people are able to make live music at home, in this situation? And in what way? Obviously, if you live with musicians, you can play together. But people are also finding ways to play with accompaniment - by accompanying themselves (for example with the Acapella app). They are also finding ways to collaborate with other musicians at a distance, layering recordings and creating music that way.
As a teacher, I'm still sort of playing with my students, but it's not as fun to do this over Zoom! In order for the student to play with accompaniment, I have to mute the student. So there's no give-and-take, they simply have to follow me, playing the accompaniment, in time. This works sometimes, but not always! I'm realizing that I really miss the non-verbal communicating we can do, playing together in the same room.
When my students do their Zoom recital for the spring, many will play with pre-recorded piano accompaniment. It's better than nothing, but certainly not the same as really playing with our pianist, live.
I miss playing with people! I miss my quartet and I miss playing in orchestra! I would have played an Easter gig - I miss the feeling of playing live music for a religious ceremony.
We will all have the opportunity make live music with one another again, I have no doubt. But I would love to know how you are coping, in the mean time. Are you making music with people in the house? Are you finding ways to do it online? Are you mostly going it alone, practicing and playing music you like? Or maybe you are just "social distancing" from your instrument right now! Please share what you are doing, and also if you have any technical tips for online collaborating.
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