My section coach was not as intimidating today as he was at Franklin Pond Chamber Music. I don't know why I was scared of him at my audition.
I have a large pile of music that I have collected in my office. it is a nightmare. I have to clean it up this weekend, and I really don't want to, but I need to.
And, I am now hooked on slow practice. For three days, I practiced the first movement of Lalo slowly (always qn=40-60), and now, I can play all of the runs in tune at tempo.
Instead of "learning" a piece and then having to go back through and clean everything up (say for an audition? )using slow practice, I will just go ahead and learn it slowly.
It is much easier because you have time to notice all of your movements. You can make corrections as you need to, and you stay very relaxed.
I wish I had done this sooner. It takes a lot of patience and focus, but the amount of work put into a piece practiced slowly is much less than have to go back and clean things up.
It is things like this that remind me that I am still a student... a very inexperienced student.
Then, I had sight-readng. My nerves had calmed down at this point, so I did reasonably well. That and the sight-reading was the same as last week. So many people messed up on the sight-reading that Mrs. Respress decided to have the same one, hoping that more people will do better. I did pretty good with the sight-reading last week (imho), and I did about the same this week.
So, I should find out my seat soon.
I have a seat in the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra.
The bad news is that I'm sick, and I have a week to prepare for the seating audition for ASYO.
I hope that Augustin Hadelich wins the IVCI.
Also, I had a lesson on Tuesday. My teacher gave me some insightful ideas for my excerpts... mostly phrasings. I've been working on the excerpts on my own for about a month while my teacher was out of the country, so I have most of the technique down.
Also, we went over Bruch again. Thankfully, it was only phrasings and intonation, two things that can be fixed relatively quickly.
I am feeling confident. I've spent many hours practicing this material, and I know all of it very well.
Now, I just have to hope the sight-reading poses no problems. Ha ha ha.
A three-day weekend is a nice break. I like Labor Day. This will give me even more time to clean things up.
This brings me to a question. How long can you safely practice? My teacher worked with me on my set up a few months ago, and now I can practice for long times (with breaks) and not be uncomfortable or end up with pains the next day. This really helped for summer music camps where we would play/practice/reherse all day. But, how much is too much? I think Itzhak Perlman said that you should not practice more than five hours a day, and Leopold Auer said that 3 hours was enough?
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