February 28, 2009 at 5:23 AM
Two more days until my audition. This afternoon I had my final rehearsal with my pianist and recorded the event. I forgot what it is like playing with a pianist rather than another stringed player. First there is the difference in tuning systems, and at the extreme ends of the range of the viola, where Bloch takes you, this makes a difference when played with a piano and whether it sounds in tune or not. Not to mention those fine differences in timing when there is either a large crossing of the strings or big shifts. Between the bow and keyboard it is difficult so see just where those timing changes take place. My pianist and I spent almost the full hour today reviewing how much time it takes between shifts, string crossings, and tempo changes. A fraction of a second makes a huge difference on how it all comes together. Practicing with a slightly out-of-tune piano made it that much more difficult.
I also realized that I need more than 30 minutes to become warmed up sufficiently to loosen up sound good. Maybe instead of showing up 30 minutes in advance I should plan for at leat 1-2 hours.
Geeze, am I really ready for this?!?!?!?! If you are interested, this is where I am as of this past Thursday: http://www.violinist.com/media/1138/ Mistakes and all- shared equallly between between my teacher and myself.... The most unusal duet you have ever heard. Joel is playing the piano part on viola. Quite challenging condsidering it is not in our native clef.
My daughter did an audition last week, and each student was allotted a 15 minute warm up time...no more. Before arriving 2 hours early, you may wish to fiind out if earlier arrival will necessarily equal more warmup time.
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