if you’re the person who practices the MOST, does that mean you’re gonna win your next audition?
well, it certainly doesn’t hurt to practice a lot, but…it’s not enough.
“guess what? everybody works hard now.” -will james, principal percussionist of the st. louis symphony
it’s true. if you can find super effective ways to improve your technique and your playing then you should do that kind of practicing a lot. but some people just spin their wheels in the practice room. they turn the metronome on, they play through their excerpts, and they don’t really think about what they’re doing. they don’t make strategic decisions on what method to use to overcome a certain problem. sometimes they don’t even notice they’re having a certain problem!
you can’t just practice the most. you need to practice wisely.
i asked will james, the aforementioned principal percussionist of st. louis, to go to a bar with me and talk about how he practices excerpts for auditions or for his new video series called the repertoire.
he talks about:
- how to attack obstacles
- how to focus on your weaknesses
- how he prepares excerpts for auditions, recordings, and orchestra
- what he’s going to do during his tacets during his next opera :P
today’s video is about how to practice smart, not just hard (with will james, principal percussionist of st. louis).
today’s blog is the story of 3 students who won life-changing auditions at three different levels: conservatory, an orchestra academy, and a professional orchestra.
audition nerves happen to everybody. here’s why they happen and how to fix them, with performance psychologist noa kageyama.
a 3-step process to create a detailed plan for your audition prep so you can be thorough and confident on audition day.
how to know if you’re doing all the right things each day
two things you can install into your audition prep to be more prepared than almost everyone else.
each of them has three things in common
3 reasons why the post-audition hopeless moment is what separates winners from the pack
if nerves are psychological, why don’t they teach us how to deal with this in school? well, they do. his name is noa.
college auditions decide your life, so choosing your repertoire has to be very carefully considered.
your brain has a limited capacity to remember things. here’s 3 ways to deal with that and practice better.