20. January 2014 · Comments Off on Know The Conversation! · Categories: Ramble

The other day a student was playing a work for oboe and piano for his lesson. At one point there are measures of rest and I said, “So what is the piano playing here?” He hadn’t a clue! I asked him if he’d listened even once to the work and he hadn’t. This is something I’m encountering more and more. There are other times, though, that a student has listened to a work, but simply hasn’t paid attention to anything but the oboe part.

I would like to remind students that it’s important to know the entire conversation, not just your part.

As I said at this recent lesson, an actor wouldn’t learn his or her lines without the entire dialog. We aren’t conversing only with ourselves, and knowing the entire conversation is a good idea!

Of course there are other reasons to know what’s going on, but there’s my example for today. (I’ll deal with the fact that the student hadn’t bothered to listen to the work even once at a later date.)

That is all. Over ‘n out.

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