Practice without instrument

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by GER, Nov 8, 2018.

  1. GER

    GER Active Member

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    Hi, Has anybody got any tips, advice on practising when you don't have your instrument. My main ones are:
    Spare mouthpiece in car to practice tonguing, slurring etc on way to work
    During dinnertime,studying part and practising fingering of tricky passages
    Holding pencil in lips to help strengthen muscles.
    What methods do you use?
     
  2. Euphonium Lite

    Euphonium Lite Active Member

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    All of the above. Plus if you have a decent recording of the piece(s) you are working on, listen to them. Its still practice. Or listen to a recording of yourself/your band and be analytical and CONSTRUCTIVELY critical of it (or better still all of the aforementioned)

    Try and envisage the parts you cant play well yet, and try and find ways of making them better/easier - be that alternative fingering, giving yourself room to play awkward intervals, working our where you are going to breathe. And sing your part - Ive heard that Eikanger dont try and actually play a piece until they can sing it (helps with pitching, phrasing, etc)
     
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  3. GER

    GER Active Member

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    I've heard rumours of bands singing their parts before, but have never come across it, would be interested to know if any british bands use this technique. I do sing parts in my head,but not out loud, it never sounds right. (and it makes the dog howl:))
     
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  4. Slider1

    Slider1 Active Member

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    We do this a lot, don't end up playing much though.:(:(
     
  5. GER

    GER Active Member

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    Are you talking about in the practice room, or the pub? :):)
     
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  6. Tom-King

    Tom-King Well-Known Member

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    I've played in bands that have done it occasionally - can't say I'm overly keen (I can't sing well at all, not even in the shower!)
     
  7. Queeg2000

    Queeg2000 Active Member

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    I've taken music to work before to practice fingering on fast pieces to build up the muscle memory. Worked well for me.
     
  8. kaderschaufel

    kaderschaufel New Member

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    There‘s a new fancy toy by Stomvi, called Upsound, where you can put your mouthpiece in. It's supposed to feel like playing the instrument, although I've never tried it.
     
  9. 4th Cornet

    4th Cornet Active Member

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    Looks interesting (and like a Vaper! :))
     
  10. Jack E

    Jack E Well-Known Member

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    Our band uses this a lot, especially if some players are having problems with a tricky run of notes, or with intonation. Having watched from the outside, I can say two things; many of them are as uncomfortable about it as Tom King - but it definitely works.

    I've also found that whistling my own part in my head is a big help - especially as, playing baritone, I'm usually not carrying the melody, but playing something which, in isolation, sounds anything from pretty odd to totally weird!
     
  11. Jack E

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    Consider yourself lucky, GER - this young lady can set her dog off with her playing!
     
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