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posted by [personal profile] sevenhelz at 08:27pm on 30/01/2008 under
to be neatened up
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posted by [personal profile] sevenhelz at 02:41am on 18/01/2008 under
Didn't think I was playing well over holidays so spent some time going back to the basics on sound, production, embouchure and breathing. To balance up I should probably now do some tonguing & fingering prac... but then again we got back into band and i thought, hey i actually sound really good :)
euphonium choir met, we had the SOMP composers in asking interesting questions about intonation and range and etc. have promised to make a chart of different fingerings, and if i experiment a bit to find out which way the pitch bends - match it up with harmonic series stuff - that could be useful for us too.
looking a pieces in lesson, the hartley is not quite ready - i need to be really really warmed up for it to be smooth and controlled and supported throughout, and also i need not just to relax but to breathe big. it'll be good...
dave looked atwhat i was meant to be doing for recital and we scrubbed off a couple of pieces, namely voice (unless we get an improved & lengthened version pretty soon) and introduction et danse. mostly because it's poo, but also because it's poo. couple of pieces we might put in, dave's going to email me one and reckons the library might have the other under bass trom, will check that out. also there's soliloquy IX to think about, which i forgot to mention. i didn't like it at first but i've looked at it again and suggested to philip thomas that i take it to him, might be able to get some help on understanding it... so could be good :)
stuffness
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posted by [personal profile] sevenhelz at 06:57pm on 19/12/2007 under

w.b. 17th Dec
Joshua died on Monday. I still played two concerts that day, and even turned up (albeit late) for a seminar which was then rescheduled due to low turn-out. At times like this I find it easiest to focus my mind purely on music and let nothing else filter in, which may or may not have a good effect on my playing. It was very reminiscent of the concert we played after the death of my uncle in that respect.

Personal practice above two hour mark, excluding day of two BB concerts and day of carolling.

Brass band concerts went okay. I played the Christmas music better than in the previous two, although there were still some slips. Leeds Town Hall is an inspiring venue, much more obviously a concert hall than those of Dewsbury and Huddersfield due to the lighting and size/acoustic of the venue. I felt a little more alone & exposed onstage, which creates excitement, which tends to make me play better.

Carolling for over five hours was an interesting experience as it was very cold and I was playing the melody throughout - no chance for a break. Our group consisted of one trombone, one bass and one euphonium, which was a lovely sound. A few people commented on that, always positively :) and I gradually learned that the others would follow me really easily, it didn't take a lot of effort either to lead or to just play with them. I also got very confused by repeats and dal segnos. With such a small ensemble though, we quickly learned what the others meant when we simply looked at each other. It helped that Benn and Tony have played together before, and that me and Benn play together in uni, as we recognised ways of moving, lengths of breaths etc indicating what was about to happen. Except towards the end, when we were freezing and losing our lips. We made over £100 though.

In lesson on Monday D was impressed by my work on partita and hartley. We talked about studies; I'm starting one from the Mead book, despite D not having heard me play the latest Arban one this week.  I also did a little sight-reading, in which I got the hard bits right and the easy bits wrong - so carolling was good practice :)

In other news, the marimba practice I've been doing lately has freed up a lot of tension in my left arm, making it less slow and unco-ordinated. Also Paul Wade thinks I have a lovely voice but need to ground myself better. He's given me vocal exercises that I will probably use as warm-ups should I find time to practice singing regularly.

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posted by [personal profile] sevenhelz at 06:52pm on 19/12/2007 under
w.b. 10th dec
still ill joshy - picking myself up and playing again
partita second movement - slowing it right down
understanding the third movement of the hartley suite
no lesson due to concerts and dave's illness

concerts - two lunchtime, one with wind band (dragged in last minute) - all went reasonably well. obiously all concerts contain mistakes. mutes are fun to play with, better if rehearsed! thoughts on wind band re rep.

 edges ensemble - two pieces by joe, both very uncomplicated and beautiful. many people (composer included) admired the sound of the euphonium, despite my not being particularly warmed up and certainly not showing off. this is both pleasing and frustrating - i do want the euphonium to be heard and involved, but i also wouldn't mind playing melodica, tambourine or singing in experimental pieces. it's a different viewpoint which i'd like to explore at some point. still, plenty more rehearsals. we begin again after the holidays.
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posted by [personal profile] sevenhelz at 01:01am on 12/12/2007 under
w.b. 3rd December

ill joshy week - duets in lesson (sightreading! sound! etc!)

It's just occurred to me. Steven Mead. Euphonium Magic. Euphonium choir. Why not ask?

joined the edges ensemble - a group of like-minded people of all instruments and abilities, playing experimental music. Facilitated by Philip Thomas, this group is not 'led' by anyone, though it will (we hope) be written for by Huddersfield composers.
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posted by [personal profile] sevenhelz at 12:59am on 12/12/2007 under
w.b. 26th November


Voice for Euphonium:
Dave reflected my approach to this piece, appreciating the musicality of it but also highlighting stylistic details I hadn't worked on. He recommends that Goodman extend it, possibly by inserting another 'movement'. If it were to reach around five minutes, he would be happy for me to include it in my final recital, which is a great idea.

first euphonium choir rehearsal. fabulous sound we make :)
Most of the music we played is fairly easy, but we're going to need a conductor for complicated fugues. I may have to sort the music into pads at some point, making sure that no player gets too many basslines or all of the tunes. We also need to work on communication; although we keep together often, we're not doing anything interesting in terms of expression, phrasing and dynamics etc. Perhaps working from hymnbooks will be good for this (and I have a set on order).
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posted by [personal profile] sevenhelz at 09:17pm on 19/11/2007 under
w.b. 5 Nov

Weekly update:
Lunchtime concert on Tuesday went well.

Topics discussed in lesson:
Hartley Suite

Other issues:
Mrs Sunderland contest.
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posted by [personal profile] sevenhelz at 08:46pm on 19/11/2007 under

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