Tag: rehearsal techniques

Musicians Institute – Places to Go, People to See – Or How to Get Your People to Come to Rehearsal

April 2018 MUSICIANS INSTITUTE Places to Go, People to See – Or How to Get Your People to Come to Rehearsal Jeff Cranfill The case (As if you didn’t already know) Think back over the last week, then the last month. How crowded was your day, your week? How busy were you? The members of […]

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Musicians Institute – Warm Ups For Your Instrumental Group – Part 2 – How?

May 2017 WARM-UPS FOR YOUR INSTRUMENTAL GROUP – PART 2 – HOW? Jeff Cranfill Using short pieces, exercises or scales is ideal for beginning a rehearsal. Before the demands of many orchestra pieces, these warm ups give the orchestra an opportunity to focus on these aspects of performance. They help set the course for how […]

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Musicians Institute – Warm-ups For Your Instrumental Group – Part 1 – Why?

April 2017 WARM-UPS FOR YOUR INSTRUMENTAL GROUP – PART 1 – WHY? Jeff Cranfill How does your usual day begin – I mean what are the first things you do? Perhaps it goes something like this – you open your eyes, jump to your feet and run 5 miles. As difficult, harmful, and crazy as […]

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Musicians Institute – Playing Difficult Orchestrations

Musicians Institute – January 2016 In an effort to help encourage and equip musicians, I am excited to launch the Musicians Institute. This will begin with an article each month or so on topics that have helped me as a director/writer and my players. I welcome your comments and questions. ————————————————————– Playing Difficult Orchestrations Jeff […]

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Musicians Institute – EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT INSTRUMENTAL REHEARSALS. Part 1

February 2016 EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT INSTRUMENTAL REHEARSALS. Part 1 – Preparation Jeff Cranfill Skillful Playing is Biblical! Sing to Him a new song Play skillfully with a shout of joy. Psalm 33:3 Clearly, we all have our limitations as musicians. We also know that our God deserves better than the best we could ever present […]

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Musicians Institute – EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT INSTRUMENTAL REHEARSALS. Part 2

March 2016 EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT INSTRUMENTAL REHEARSALS. Part 2 (continuation from February 2016 blog post) by Jeff Cranfill jeffcmusic.com Conducting This is a most comprehensive subject. Books have been written and cannot cover every aspect. This discussion will just target some essentials of clear conducting. For effective large ensemble performance, players must watch the conductor […]

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