Theme of the Week: Slurs and Phrases: A slur is a musical notation indicating that the notes it links (usually two but can be three) are to be played without separation. A phrase is one musical idea. Within a phrase you can articulate by tonguing but you should not take a breath. If you really cannot play the phrase without breathing, arrange with others in your section to breath at different points in the phrase.
Heather provided information on the website www.8notes.com which has some interesting and fun programs.
This Week’s Rehearsal
Following our clinics, we started our rehearsal with Balladair which is all about phrasing and breathing. Next we practised John Williams: Movie Adventures which has a number of tempo changes. Remember to watch Heather as we move from one tempo to another. Finally we turned to Three Folk Miniatures and played all three movements.
Next Week (Heather’s Ideas for next rehearsal)
Thursday March 15: No band rehearsal, March break
Sunday April 15 at about 2:00 at Woodroffe United Church: Our spring concert
Thursday April 19 in the afternoon: tentative date for our community concert