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Mendy Smith

Orchestra rehearsal - First time in 20 years

April 4, 2006 at 5:23 AM

Well, I finally did it. I went to my first orchestra rehearsal tonight, and played - sort of. Since I'm new I'm all the way in the back (viola section) by myself wedged between the bassist and tuba player. I have no idea if I played in tune or not since I couldn't hear myself at all. I got lost a few times. It seems like everyone else managed to find more time to practice than I did. Most of the pieces I played for the first time tonight.

I asked the principal violist if I could move up a row to sit with the other two in front of me for awhile so I can get back into the groove of playing with others again. I was a bit suprised that everything was played at tempo the first time around. Some of the pieces are difficult in sections - odd rhythms and higher positions (6th on up - rare for the viola part).

But, I'm not giving up! I did expect I would be a bit lost at first. We'll see if I change my tune (pun intended) over the next few weeks.

From Pauline Lerner
Posted on April 4, 2006 at 5:24 AM
Congratulations on your reentry to orchestral music. I hope you grow musically and have a lot of fun.
From Colleen Russo
Posted on April 4, 2006 at 12:35 PM
That's exciting! Congrats :)
From Danny Wruck
Posted on April 4, 2006 at 2:42 PM
I'm glad that you've gotten back into orchestral music. It's very exciting, and you'll benefit greatly. Keep practicing.
From Terez Mertes
Posted on April 7, 2006 at 5:03 PM
Very cool, Mendy! And it's still raining here in Santa Cruz County!

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