I get to play in my son’s summer Pops orchestra, since they need a cellist, and because parents are allowed to play if they have the ability and the desire to do the work. I was somewhat surprised by this, especially in this age of stalking and keeping parents at arms length from kids in school activities.
I am not going to reveal too much about this because kids are involved and I want to protect their privacy, but, here is what I learned from my first night of rehearsal. And I mean, ever – like this was my first rehearsal of anything music related, excluding being in fifth grade band.
- Bowings matter. They matter a lot, because I am very close to my stand mate and I am not allowed to stab him. Unless of course, I’m a Russian agent with a poisoned tip bow and that was my mission.
- I need to bring my endpin stop because it is slippery on that floor.
- Usually, you are supposed to come prepared, but since this was my first night I had to sightread everything. I had prepared one of my pieces, but found myself in difficulty when I performed it.
- In “band oriented pieces, most string parts are in Eb or Ab. I need more time with A-flat. Even though I worked my A-flat scales anticipating this, I need to get some more good time in on this.
- Knowing where phrases end is helpful, so that I can join back in when I feel more confident.