Practice is frequently a solo endeavor. Our musical success stands or falls on our shoulders. We block out time in our schedules, fight for motivation, and hear our teacher’s voice in our heads to correct our mistakes. Alone, it can be difficult to measure our musical progress.
Performing with a group breaks that cycle. Whether with a partner or with an ensemble, you process music differently and become more aware. Rests you may have skipped during solitary practice are now important. You have to count and properly follow the tempo to fit all parts together. You focus more on musical phrasing. Ensemble practice is also a good way to check your intonation- you’ll hear right away when you’re out of tune! Ultimately, you’ll notice a great improvement in your musical abilities. While solitary practice is a must, ensemble practice is just as important to your musical development.
Have a multi-part piece you’d like to start learning? Interested in performing with a local ensemble? Let me know!