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).
mock auditions are an essential part of the audition preparation process. but just doing mocks isn’t going to solve all your problems.
it’s all in the details. exactly how you carry out a mock audition will affect what kind of performance benefit you see from it. today’s video is about 3 of the most common mistakes that i see musicians make in mocks.
and why taking fewer auditions, not more, can work.
sometimes it takes an odd strategy to prepare and win one of the biggest timpani auditions on earth.
a truly devastating audition can lead to a truly meaningful audition pivot.
what gives you a better shot of passing the tape round of an audition: sending in an all-natural, unedited tape, or doing some editing and submitting an artificially enhanced tape? and if you do edit your audition tape, is it cheating?
did you know that 12-year-olds in new york city prepare for a test more methodically than most musicians prepare for professional auditions?
our brand new one-week mini-course is live. here’s the entire first training video, called 'how to make your audition preparation plan.’
attending orchestra concerts is something that, over a period of years, can transform the way you speak the language of music.
the only way to earn a spot at the best conservatories and music schools is to start early, work hard and be super, unbelievably prepared at the audition.
guys… welcome back. the first auditionhacker video of the year is out today and it’s about how to restart your practice routine for the year.
our met season is starting TOMORROW, and i’m learning music to record for future videos. i need to practice smart so i don't suck too much.
i broke down the process into 3 steps so you clearly understand how to do it for yourself for this year.