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The Tuning Process – The Ensemble

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The Tuning Process – The Ensemble   The Tuning Process – The Ensemble This process is predicated on the concept of tuning from the bottom up. This practice allows all performers to establish their relative pitch on the fundamentals established by the bass instruments. (Note: This pyramid should exist in all sections.) First: Have the […]

4 Rehearsal Challenges and Ways to Overcome Them

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“We’re smart enough and clever enough to give each other room to live in, to have respect for each other’s personalities.” ~ John Lewis, pianist, Modern Jazz Quartet Unlike when we play or sing in conductor-led ensembles, working in small groups requires us to make shared decisions about what and how we perform. Decision-making comes to a head during […]