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Practice Vs Performance


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Poll: Practice Vs Performane (13 member(s) have cast votes)

Which of the following two would you rather do?

  1. Practice (including social) (8 votes [61.54%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 61.54%

  2. Performance (5 votes [38.46%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 38.46%

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#1 JamesK


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Posted 21 October 2014 - 23:47

I have a dilemma. I am currently playing in a weekly orchestra, but unable to attend the full performance, and sometimes, not at all. As the only one of my kind (Horn) in the orchestra, I may have several important solos, melodies or harmonies which affect the outcome of the piece of music and the balance. Plus, I feel as though I am letting others down. I have also had the misfortune of performing in concerts without any practice with the orchestra before and although I was not sight reading the music, I was sight and aurally reading the conductor and players around me. 
I think this is different from playing alone, as one is in charge of one's own practice and others are not dependent on you. 
Anyway, I'd like to know whether people of this forum play for practice (and socially) or for performance in an ensemble?


EDIT: No idea how this poll thing works :P

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#2 JimD


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Posted 22 October 2014 - 08:36

I voted for practice as the atmosphere is informal and 'fun', which I like. I also get a buzz out of performing though.

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Posted 22 October 2014 - 08:44

I concur with that Jim, it was good fun to get some performing in at the Procorda course I attended last week as we had an informal concert each day, you could opt in or opt out. There were qute a few (about half) in the group who didn't want to do it, the rest of us played in each concert.

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#4 ejw21


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Posted 22 October 2014 - 12:25

Ditto - I like the informality. I do enjoy the occasional 'performance' but I probably prefer the former - practice and small social groups.

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#5 RoseRodent



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Posted 24 October 2014 - 09:56

Why has the forum eaten my post? 


Grrrr, not ready to do it all again. 

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#6 Keron


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Posted 10 November 2014 - 06:20

I like performing. Though if it's an ensemble work then practice beats performance.
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