Not quite, but will be soon!
"NQ WHAT???" Some of us feel like we are just "Not Quite Ready" to come to camp, or to play in Concert Band or to play in your band at home. Perhaps you just started your instrument, and maybe it is even your first sojourn into the world of music! (What are those little black marks on the paper?) Perhaps you have played music all your life, but you want to try this new instrument. Perhaps you've been playing for several years, but you still don't seem to be "good enough" (perhaps because your rhythm reading skills aren't strong?). Whatever the reason, if you feel "Not Quite Ready", this is the group for you.
IMPORTANT: notice that "Not quite ready" is not synonymous with, "I can't" or "I'll never be able to" or "I'm no good"; it simply means that on the continuum of learning, you aren't quite ready to play in the camp concert band! It is a very positive difference and implies that you WILL be ready sometime in the future!
And, I don't think I'm ready...
AH! Perfect! You are exactly the person for whom we developed this program!
I hear this so often, "I'm not ready." It is usually followed up with something like, "I'm going to practice at home until I get ready, then I'll play in band / take lessons / come to camp." The problem is, you will NEVER be ready!! It is impossible to be ready. Why? Because as adults, we know what the instrument should sound like, but it doesn't! Instead, the wind instrument (one you blow into) squeaks and squawks and sometimes doesn't speak at all, and the snare drum makes these awfully loud sounds and sometimes you miss the head completely!
Q. How do you define a "beginner"?
A. Our “Beginners" should have played their instrument for at least 5 or 6 months at camp time, or be adept on another instrument, but just starting this one. Not sure? Email Diane.
Q. I've only played for 4 months, but it will be 6 months by camp time!
Q2. I've only played for 2 months, but I'm almost done with book one in the lesson series. I think I can do it. May I come?
A. YES! You absolutely should come! Guidelines are flexible because everyone learns at a different rate.
Q. How do you define a "early novice"?
A. That is harder to define, but if you have played for a while, but find that the Concert Band music is just too challenging, or you’d rather not be stressed out by its challenges, you are welcome to take part in our Not-Quite-Ready-Players’ (NQRP) Band.
Below are some suggestions for getting started with the new music. ALWAYS, feel free to email me (or call) if you have questions. I can usually help quite a bit, even on the phone or in an email. So first, a bit about using sound files to help you learn the music.
There are several really good reasons for listening to the sound files of music you are playing:
Here are a few things you might want to look at when you are feeling discouraged or looking for some inspiration:
There was a great article in the New York Times last December about the importance of being frustrated and even angry as you are learning. Gee, have any of you ever been frustrated? Well, should it happen (Wait! What? It happens all the time? Ah... you are becoming a true musician!) OK then,WHEN it happens remind yourself that it is a good thing and that it is helping your brain stay supple! Worth a read: How to Become a “Superager” New York Times Sunday Review, Dec 31, 2016, by Lisa Feldman Barrett. -You can search for the above info or click on this link: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/31/opinion/sunday/how-to-become-a-superager.html
(Click here to download a printable reminder of this practice reminder, then put it on your music stand!)
Slow Practice = Fast Progress
Fast Practice = Slow Progress
No Practice = No Progress
Daily Tuesday-Friday. Attend all 4
Faculty: Diane Muffitt (in Holton)
For anyone who finds themselves often confused by what is going on in rehearsal!
This daily session has many purposes, all based around helping you be more comfortable playing in a band. You might be someone who has been a musician all your life, but you are new to playing in a band, or you might be someone who hasn’t played your instrument for very long and everything is so new! We will address issues that come up in your band music as well as topics like what the conductor is doing up there, how do you know when to come in, odd words in your music (D.S. al fine, a2, a tempo...), band etiquette, silent practice and a myriad of other puzzling things. Bring your band music, your instrument and questions! (If you did this seminar with Diane in the past, it is still useful; we will cover some different topics. Bring your handout of info if you still have it.)