While I do know these songs I’m scrambling to prepare for the Chamber Music Festival tomorrow, I am not playing the melody. My part in Simple Gifts is not too bad at all – I can basically sight read it smoothly and without major problems.
Amazing Grace, however, is quite a bit more complicated. During yesterday’s lesson I actually thought to myself, “I’m sight reading a jazz symphony.” The rhythm – a major key to playing with others – is by far the most complicated I’ve ever encountered – a sixteenth note framed by dotted eighth notes, for just one example. I mentioned the triplets yesterday, and those are another wrench in the works. I’ll play my first-ever double stop in a performance tomorrow afternoon.
I only have this morning to get it up to par. And I’ll actually settle for a double bogey. Clap softly and wish me luck at the festival tomorrow!
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