What is more important: Rhythm or Notes? The answer is always rhythm! This week I encourage you to use a metronome with every aspect of your playing. Start by turning on your metronome to 60 BPM. Count along with it, subdividing 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &. Play 2 octave scales with the metronome using half notes, then quarter, then eighths and sixteenths. After you are warmed up, work on orchestra or solo music with the metronome extremely slow! When you can play through every section, turn the metronome up one click. Repeat until you are at concert tempo!
I am excited for our next rehearsal. Rebecca Macleod will be working with the ISO in order to give the conductors a chance to hear their groups from another perspective. She is an excellent clinician and will give us many tips on getting better on our instruments, our music, and playing together as an orchestra.
I will see you bright and early this Saturday for another excellent rehearsal!