I performed a recital here at WTAMU on November 3rd. If you weren't able to make it to campus or you want to hear it again you're in luck! I performed at Texas Christian University November 5th. Here's a link to the TCU live stream for my recital:
In preparation for these performances I tried a number of new techniques, some of which I'll use again in the future. My favorite of the new techniques is that last week I made a list of daily practice tasks.
I compiled the list based on two questions:
The second question is a matter of persisting through the issues I'm still working on for this performance. An example of this is producing a loud, isolated, staccato pedal-tone in The Grumpy Troll. So daily work on these passages is essential.
Something that didn't work well and actually ate up a lot of time was transcribing all of my accompaniment parts in Sibelius. I experimented with this a bit last year and thought it worked well. I was able to use them to practice with a simulated piano part. However, the repertoire for my performance last year involved much less rubato and was generally less complicated in terms of ensemble issues with the piano.
What are some things you're experimenting with?
Thank you for reading!
Jeremy is Associate Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at West Texas A&M University.