Identifying the musical traps into which we all fall from time to time…
- Make big deals out of little notes.
- Don’t rush across bar lines, especially with moving parts in slower music.
- Emphasize short notes in dotted rhythms.
- Avoid “tripletizing” dotted rhythms.
- Play in balance so melodies can always be heard.
- Play in balance so the bottom of the harmony can be heard.
- Don’t allow volume changes to affect pitch.
- Don’t allow volume changes to affect articulation.
- Be concerned with note endings as much as note beginnings.
- Support with lots of air, even (especially) at softest dynamic levels.
- Communication: breathe and move together.
- Learn to connect unslurred legato passages.
- Play with vibrato when appropriate.
- Don’t allow upper notes in phrases to “pop out”.
- Fast staccato passages can’t be….
- Percussionists must consider wind instruments being later on entrances, and adjust accordingly.
Above all…tone, clarity, beauty.
Professor Stephen Peterson
Director of Bands, Ithaca College
President – College Band Directors National Association
Professor Peterson is being hosted by ABODA NSW from May 4-8. There is an open rehearsal with Sydney Wind Symphony at Club Willoughby on Wednesday 7 May from 7:30pm-9:30pm – ALL WELCOME!
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