Just a simple way of getting better in just an hours practice:
Take your music, a pencil and a recording and just sit and listen to the piece. Write down what you notice. Then play it through slowly to not mess up any rhythms and notes.
Listen to again but now listen to the background. What do you notice that another instrument is doing.
Play again taking in consideration of what that instrument was doing.
Listen again and when you play who are you playing with, who is playing with you? Is your part the most important part?
just keep doing this but looking for something different each time you listen and then play.
You could even go further steps and read up on the Composer’s history. What pieces he/she wrote before and after the piece you’re playing. Who else was writing at the time. Who influenced them. How old were they. Some historical facts on something/someone totally unrelated to the composer. These things all help you understand the piece and music whether it is a solo piece, orchestral, wind ensemble, etc.
Gerry Marsh learned this from his teacher and his teacher learned this from the Principal Trumpet years ago when he was the Principal for a long time. I forget names. haha sorry
Hope you found this helpful :]
Oscar Soria@2 months ago with 15 notes
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