Is there any way that works for rehearsing string quartets virtually given typical internet speeds and equipment (iPhones, iPads, PCs)? My son's quartet wants to keep rehearsing, but I am guessing we will soon get to the point where even that won't be advised. The main issue I suppose is lag and quality. Has anybody come up with solutions?
Surely a quartet would be fine. Close attention to hygiene.
The short answer is "no." There is no way to rehearse virtually. It's impossible to eliminate lag and even the smallest lag would destroy ensemble.
I am afraid I don't see on line rehearsals as a possibility. In your son's quartet you have four parties in four homes (unless there are siblings involved) this will make thing 16 times more complex than an online lesson.
given that community spread is the major challenge the US is facing, I disagree completely with Rosemary - especially if any of the quartet members are going to be in contact with an immunosuppressed person or the elderly.
I was pretty sure that was the answer regarding technology. Hopefully someone will figure it sooner or later while we are all sitting at home the next few months.
If you want to be able to play string quartets virtually using electronic communication, then the first thing we need to do is to somehow figure out how to eliminate all of the total garbage that commands a tremendous amount of our total bandwidth.
If Stockhausen can split a string quartet between 4 helicopters I'm sure there must be a way to do it on terra firma
Were the helicopters in different cities?
Try JamKazam, which is designed specifically for collaborating music-making.
My husband is a health-care worker. He works with kids, so right now he isn't needed, but he may be in the future. If that happens, I would definitely stop the rehearsals, because he will definitely be getting exposed. I guess for now we will let them continue as long as everyone is well.
tangentially related, I came across this graphic earlier today and thought it was a really good visualization of social distancing - https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/world/corona-simulator/?fbclid=IwAR20CIwS2TGhkbwMySkks-jjb1YYyLzarEB6WD0799qIpL73PkFregdgvzc&utm_campaign=wp_main&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook
Are schools still open? Closer contact there than a restrained quartet.
Rosemary, with all due respect, your orchestra rehearsal should be canceled and even if it is not, you should not go.
@Paul - It must have been hard to play in tune while in one of Stockhausen's noisy helicopters but that probably didn't matter. I suspect the ensemble wasn't great either. They were somewhat out of earshot of one another, so might as well have been on different continents.
Rosemary, the rehearsal should probably be cancelled. If you mean Victoria, BC on the island, there's 103 cases in the province as of today, but 95% of them are in Metro Vancouver. Let's just see what happens... The situation is changing so rapidly. It depends on what is closed/cancelled in Victoria. An orchestra rehearsal in Victoria is pretty low-risk, but it is probably safer to cancel.
ALL orchestra rehearsals should be canceled.
I can understand the desire of a committed group of young musicians to keep practicing/rehearsing. After all it is "fun."
Everyone can treat this as a sabbatical.
There's also little point in an orchestra rehearsal when all performances like that are cancelled for probably another month or two.
*At least* another month or two.
@Christian. "Everyone can treat this as a sabbatical" and watch the money dribble away while worrying how their elderly relatives are surviving. You were being ironic (weren't you?) but that's a bit unfeeling, even by my standards!
I was certainly not being ironic. Don't go bother your elderly relatives and get them sick. It's called making the best of a bad situation.
Please remember that covid-19 carriers can be asymptomatic. NBA players who tested positive for covid-19 are probably one of the most visible example of this.
Yes! Virtual rehearsing is possible, but not on cell phones-- it must be on computer. Attachable cameras are available (try the Alibaba site) cheap, but they are not as important as the microphone; you decide how much you want to pay for a mic: studio quality will be more expensive. Finally, you need software for group participation, like ZOOM. There is no detectable lag, as all input is sent from the same location electronically by the software (e.g. ZOOM.) That's it...then there is the learning curve. I am just getting started on this to start virtual rehearsals of my local group, Anarchy Strings. I hope someone else with some info chimes in!!!
Could they rehearse outdoors at a safe distance from each other?
Was the choir trying to do late Beethoven with murderous flurries of very fast parallel 16th notes?
I suppose you could try that rehearsal technique where everyone sits in the extreme opposite corners of the room... (joking!)
Apparently they are going to try a new platform that is in beta testing this week -- we will see how it goes. We've been under a shelter in place order for about 10 days, so rehearsing at this point would be illegal -- as well as ridiculously dangerous. (We're in Chicago and the rest of the quartet is in the suburbs.)
I have read on Basstalk that JamKazam works but the current high traffic makes it difficult to get in! The users state that there is a tiny lag, but it is easily overcome, not at all something that "destroys the ensemble." Why not use Skype, ZOOM, or the new platform Susan refers to above? What is the name of this new platform, Susan?
All I know so far is that it is a "A new experimental web-based Network-Musical-Performance" according to his coach.