Category Archives: Ensemble

Ensemble Practice Methods

Balancing Act

Balancing Act Ensemble Practice Method 150x150 Balancing Act

Improve balance and appreciation for other members of your ensemble. Pick one member of your group to be the leader - this person will not play for now. Find a chord or section of music for the rest of the group to play. The leader should alter the volume and tuning of individual members of the group until ...

Blind Mans Buff

Blind Mans Buff Music Practice Technique 150x150 Blind Mans Buff

This method helps to really focus those listening skills within a group. Every member of the group needs to be blinfolded (or at least close thier eyes) Pick one person to be the leader. This person plays a scale. The rest of the group must copy exactly how the leader plays this scale. Other members should try to match the sound ...

Together Again

Together Again Ensemble practice Method 150x150 Together Again

Improve timing and tightness of your ensemble. Pick one person to be the leader. This person plays a rhythm on one note. The rest of the group must copy exactly how the leader plays this rhythm. The goal here is to play exactly together. Instrumental technique, articulation and musicianship will all affect your ability to be exactly in ...