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  • #113499
    diane-michaels
    Spectator

    It’s nice to know that harpists aren’t the only ones who get stuck with the unplayable orchestra parts.

    http://www.thestrad.com/latest/editorschoice/faking-it-the-great-unmentionable-of-orchestral-playing

    #113500
    Sylvia
    Participant

    One player commented that while music by some modern composers presented no problem, with others it was ‘a case of keeping in the right bar and hoping the trumpets drown you out’.

    LOL True. Faking is an art in itself. Not just orchestra. In band, you have many more trumpets to rely on! Aiming for the first note of the measure is a good policy.

    I’ve heard that strings do something they call “air-bowing.”
    Also, now we know that fiddlers eat anchovies.

    #113501

    Ah, Diane. That made my day.

    #113502
    diane-michaels
    Spectator

    I especially liked the advice of not watching the conductor while faking, lest one be called out for fake memorization of the faked passage.

    #113503
    erin-wood
    Participant

    I especially liked seeing that fire music is sadistic for the violins as well!

    #113504
    Gretchen Cover
    Participant

    So now I know why string players share stands:)

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