So me and 3 others at my school came to together and started playing quartet music for fun, our orchestral teacher lets us play at end of quarter concerts, Dan it has been lots of fun. But cause of the pandemic we’ve stopped rehearsals but it has seemed safe enough to start rehearsing again. The cello, second violinist and me(first violinist) agee that we can rehearse again, but our violists dad are really against her going out. Is their anyway we can rehearse without a violist. This is especially bad cause we are playing Dvorak’s American quartet
The viola part is very important and very beautiful (and fun to play) - check the score.
Go to her place.
IIRC, you are in an "active or imminent outbreak" (color-coded red) state? https://covidactnow.org/
At this point, for string quartet players, rehearsing outdoors, a minimum of six feet apart, with masks, is probably reasonable if you are otherwise close to zero outside of contact.
Mengwei: My state(TN) is red zone, but the part of it where I live doesn’t have many COVID cases. It has seem safe enough because around 90% of parents have stated that they don’t need a online school option, and I’ve been on walks around my neighborhood in the afternoon with no one criticizing me, and band practice and soccer training has started up again at our school before it starts. All of us have been suggesting all of what you’ve said above to our violist, being outside with mask with distance. The violists mom is fine with rehearsals but the dad is not.
At this point, I’m mainly looking for advice on how to do quartet rehearsals without the violist, especially since it’s the Dvorak American quartet, with multiple viola solo parts imbedded throughout the piece(we are working on the first movement)
Have you studied the score? I would recommend going through it in advance of any rehearsal and looking for passages you can work on productively without needing to hear the viola.
A contrary opinion- If eating outside at a restaurant, without masks, is permitted in your town, than a quartet rehearsal outside in the shade would not be a greater risk. Just avoid excessively dry or humid air.
Every family has its own risk tolerance. Your violist might live with an elderly relative, or someone with asthma, or a diabetic, that makes them believe more stringent precautions are necessary.
You can't play that quartet without a viola, and I wouldn't blame your viola player (or their parents) for being cautious at the moment.
It is not just the solos that make the violist indispensable. The viola is 25% of the ensemble no matter which quartet you choose. Even where there are no solos for the viola you can't really productively rehearse without it. How do you work on intonation for example if one note of the chord is missing consistently?
If you want to hold off on the Dvorak, consider playing something for two violins and cello. Perhaps you could work on the Bach Double Concerto with the cello playing a bass part. Or explore the offerings on IMSLP (I think there are some Haydn and Viotti (!) pieces available there the last time I checked).
The inconsistency of restrictions is amazing.
I live in another hot spot state (Texas) and in my opinion, relying on what the state determines to be "safe" is extremely risky. Just because restaurants may be open, or hair salons, or whatever, doesn't mean it's really safe to go to those, or to be around people who aren't in your own household. My state opened up too early and we are now paying the price.
I agree with the above. I would not let a daughter rehearse either, out of abundance of caution, and concern for her health-and I do not have any sons or daughters.
Either find some trio rep for two violins and cello, or see if you or the other violinist wants to learn some viola and play some violin, viola, and cello trios.
There are of course many locations where the danger is nowhere near Texas levels, Mary Ellen. There I'd think it is obvious that no rehearsals at all is the correct solution for now. No quartet, no trios either. People should stay home or be out by themselves except for essential purposes like shopping groceries or going to work if you have a job that requires it.
The OP lives in Tennessee, which is a hot spot. He gives his location in one of the comments above.
We know someone in TN who found out yesterday that a person on their soccer team took a COVID test, still showed up to practice without telling anyone, then got a positive result. Still sorting out what testing and isolation needs to be done. Not good! I anticipate seeing this over and over again as schools try to start back in person.
Thanks for the feedback everybody. I agree with the setiment that being overly cautious can’t be a bad thing give then situation and will probably wait till next semester to see if things get any better before continuing rehearsals
Have you looed into rehearsing on line, using Zoom, JamKazam or Jamulus?
even the sound quality over me doing video violin lessons, was very unclear and quartet rehearsals with multiple people playing would be even worse. Ive tried doing zoom violin lessons and di not have a positive experience.
It isn't possible to rehearse via zoom or any other meeting app; the lag makes it impossible to play together.
People I know who have used JamKazam and Jamulus find them much better than Zoom. I see no discussion of these apps here, so I think they are not well-known yet. There is an app for music teachers, YouBrio, which I never see discussed here. Maybe these better apps are known only among pros.
Erin - I just quickly searched and read a review of JamKazam posted by a jazz musician in Australia. Several things were mentioned that make me not want to bother. Someone in the blog comments mentioned Jamulus and Soundjack and also that these two do not have video. I searched for your previous threads here on the subject and they were too old to reply to.
If you've ever done a Zoom music class in Gallery mode, you'll see remarkable deltas in synchronicity when "playing together". It is clear that some of the participants have fast connections and are in extremely close sync. Some of the participants are a second or more behind. If everyone was lagging at the same rate, it'd be a different matter.
Playing together is possible with latency up to 20-30 milliseconds. The problem is: this is practically impossible with audio and video unless everyone involved has fiber optic lines from the same ISP, and at off-peak hours for internet traffic. With a more typical broadband connection, I average 30 ms latency just pinging my own ISP.