October 16, 2006
McCracken Middle School Symphonic Band

  • General Considerations
    • "Warming up the paper" The difference is whether you know something about the music before you play it or not.
    • "Sing your lives through your instrument."
    • While describing how there are no wrong answers when dealing with interpretation: "2 plus 2 can equal 5 in music...if you make a pretty enough 5."
    • "When you have a soft note, go for the note, not the dynamic."
    • "People will never hear a missed dynamic, but they'll hear a missed note."
    • "When dynamics go down, effort must go up."
    • "Less sound = more intensity"
    • "It's easier to become great than to maintain greatness."