August 2003

August 11, 2003 22:57

I'll be auditioning for 2 professional orchestras in September, Oklahoma City Philharmonic and the Wichita Symphony. I really hope I get ONE of them (Hopefully the one in Oklahoma City because its close...but I'll drive the 2+ hours to Wichita). The excerpts are finally starting to sound pretty good. My roommate helped me out a little bit with some of them.

I figured out something really cool with my practicing: think slow, play fast! Its so simple by so effective for me. I sort of get in a mode where things seem to just slow down (without slowing the tempo). I can't explain it, other than I'm playing at tempo, but I feel things in slow motion. My roommate tried it and he said it worked for him, too! I think I may be on to something here.

I have to play Tchaikovsky for one audition and Mozart 4 for the other one. No worries there, well the Mozart it a little tricky (you'd never think so by looking at the music!). Oh well.

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