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NEW HORIZONS MUSIC

FALL 2021 !!!!!

How wonderful to be rehearsing in person!!! Below are the soundfiles and rehearsal reminders for the music we are working on.

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LINKS TO INFORMATION

Updated OCTOBER 18, 2021

STRINGS

BAND

AFTER-REHEARSAL REHEARSALS (Special Ensembles)

USING SOUNDFILES EFFECTIVELY

(let me know if soundfiles don't work OR of omissions in info OR errors)

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STRINGS

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LISTEN A LOT to these soundfiles and any other recordings you can find.
The more you listen, the faster you will learn to play the piece!

Flight-mm=100-Practice(This is the slower version) I love the way it comes in for a gentle landing at the end! Enjoy the view. If we record this... (hopefully we will be live!) you can't use any other soundfile, or slow this one down or it won't work for the video. HOPEFULLY, we will be playing this piece live this summer or fall, and not be doing videos!

Prayer-Recording Those who didn't play this with us this summer, be sure to listen to it a lot and practice playing along. It says it is the "recording" version, but (hopefully!) we will not be recording it, but playing it live in concert!

Afternoon-Practice Ah... a lovely, peaceful afternoon! This is the Pracitice version of the soundfile that has a count-off and measure numbers.

Mercordi We don't have a practice version of this, but here it is being performed. Dorcas said, "Please note that their tempos are quite fast and will NOT be our target tempos!!!  We will figure out our own tempos that are manageable for all, so please, please, please don’t worry about the speed.  You are just listening to get a sense of the melody, how the parts fit together and style.  Also, please do not worry about ornamentation; the trills, etc. can be added in later, once we are all comfortable with the basic music. Finally, please note that the numbering of the movements in the recording differs from that in your printed parts.  In the recording, the Introduction is labeled as “I.”  The movements we will do Wednesday are the two Presto movements, which are 2. and 4. in your parts, but III. and V. on the recording.

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BAND

LISTEN A LOT to these soundfiles and any other recordings you can find.
The more you listen, the faster you will learn to play the piece!

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AirForBand-Soundfile - a band classic. I played this in high school and it has been recorded by University Bands, Military Bands and even the occasional middle school or high school group.

Evensong-Practice - Lovely, quiet piece. Watch the dynamics and the key changes!!

Nova Hradec Polka-Practice - Another fun polka by Kevin Kaisershot!

AssociationMedley-Practice - Great fun! We did it summer 2019 and wanted to revisit the tunes! This is only a partial recording... Go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfHJalR_hL4
You'll hear an errant trumpet player who forgets about the 4 quarter notes in measure 13 and comes in early just like many of our players do!! And, they had trouble at the spot we eventually cut out, from 100-105.  I’d like us to try playing it this time…

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OUR AFTER-REHEARSAL REHEARSALS
Special ensembles for those who want more challenge

WOODWIND CHOIR ("A" weeks)

LISTEN A LOT to these soundfiles and any other recordings you can find.
The more you listen, the faster you will learn to play the piece!

Three Rennaisance Madrigals - wonderful OLD songs that most of us singers know well!

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BRASS ENSEMBLE ("A" weeks)

LISTEN A LOT to these soundfiles and any other recordings you can find.
The more you listen, the faster you will learn to play the piece!

Two Renaissance pieces arranged for brass.

A la Battaglia and Variations on a theme by Mouret

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STRINGS AND WINDS ENSEMBLE ("B" weeks)

LISTEN A LOT to these soundfiles and any other recordings you can find.
The more you listen, the faster you will learn to play the piece!

Bourree in G, by George Frideric Handel - No soundfile yet.

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SWING BAND ("B" weeks)

We are not doing Honeysuckle this session; we will come back to it at some other time. Instead we will be working on two other classics. These soundfiles have a count-off and measure numbers:

LISTEN A LOT to these soundfiles and any other recordings you can find.
The more you listen, the faster you will learn to play the piece!

BoogieWBB-Practice and Pearl-Practice

 

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HINTS FOR EFFECTIVE USE OF SOUNDFILES IN YOUR PRACTICE

There are several really good reasons for listening to the soundfiles of music you are playing:

  1. *To get a sense of how the music sounds, its style, its phrasing, its harmonies (Most important reason!)
  2. Following your music while listening to the soundfile (not playing) helps you learn how your part fits with the whole and helps you learn to keep your place
  3. Playing along with the music gives you more opportunities to "practice with the group" than you can get just in rehearsals. You will not be able to determine when to play the very first beat, so come in on the next measure.
  4. If it goes by too quickly, see the next bullet
  5. Purchase the software, Amazing Slow Downer (from http://ronimusic.com/) and you can practice with the soundfile slowed down to where you can play along. (Soundfiles must be on the same device where the Slow Downer resides; you can not use YouTube or soundfiles that are streamed from the web). For those of you cautious about what you download, this software site is safe according to Norton)
  6. You can also slow down YouTube by clicking the gear and adjusting the percentage. You don't have the minute control of the speed, but it is better than nothing!

If you are new to working with soundfiles, DO NOT try to play along right away. Your first task is to listen several times while just following along in your own music (not playing), perhaps even using your finger to keep your place in the music. See if you can stay with the music, whether or not you can hear your own part (sometimes it doesn't sound like your instrument because you are playing the same thing as some other instrument and your part adds to the overall, but isn't itself distinguishable). Watch for things like holds or sudden loud spots or a change from legato to staccato to see if you can hear those as you listen. Until you can reliably follow along & keep your place in your music while listening and looking at your part, you will never be able to successfully play along. Be sure to do the listening first or it is just frustrating! Once you get good at that, try listening and speaking your rhythms. Once you can do that, then try playing with it, although you may find that it is too fast for you to keep up. (See bullet #5 above)

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