I took group music without any consideration as lately as a 12 months in the past. Rehearsals have been scheduled and common. I might set my week’s actions by when Band A rehearsed, or Group B rehearsed after which when Band C rehearsed.
Upon retiring, group music stuffed up areas vacated by a profession. I knew I needed to continue learning. The “continue learning” house in my life was, partly, occupied by taking part in my highschool instrument, the euphonium, after which studying the tuba by way of group band experiences.
The “COVID” expertise brings a contemporary perspective to what “continue learning” and group means. What was taken without any consideration now not was. What was simply accessible was shut down. But members of the New Horizon Band needed to maintain taking part in.
That is the place the ability of group in group music performed a serious position. The group of musicians belonging to the New Horizon Band regarded round at what others within the native, nationwide and worldwide communities of musicians have been doing and discovered. The need to “continue learning” was on the proverbial junction within the highway. Can we adapt or wait it out?
Members of the band noticed what different music teams have been doing and determined that we wanted our personal type of a bubble if we have been to proceed taking part in music collectively. The bubble we selected was a technological one which utilized the 2 software program applications — Zoom and SmartMusic — to make it attainable to maintain taking part in.
To learn the way our technological bubble works, see a earlier column, “How’s the virtual music rehearsal experience? Better than expected!“
The technological bubble opens up new alternatives to be taught new devices and to play components not normally accessible. The SmartMusic/Zoom bubble implies that we play together with a pre-recorded presentation of the music whereas being shielded from spreading COVID. My music colleagues can’t hear me taking part in, however that additionally presents a chance to take possibilities and be taught new issues.
I’ve band colleagues who’ve discovered new devices throughout bubble time. Others take pleasure in taking part in music too troublesome for “in individual” rehearsals however that may be enjoyable when errors don’t stand out. There’s the joys of taking part in music like professionals may. It has a contact of karaoke about it — we play together with these great-sounding bands.
I just like the bubble due to the chance to play totally different low brass devices, every of which requires totally different methods and fingerings. Sure, errors are made, however solely I do know it, and I can carry on taking part in.
Typically, I play a unique half — one thing I’d by no means have executed with out the bubble. No extra am I tied to the tuba half. Nothing is in the best way of attempting out a trumpet or trombone half besides simply doing it. It’s stimulating and quite a lot of enjoyable.
The Zoom a part of the bubble implies that we will talk about our music, our experiences with COVID and life typically with our colleagues in music. I really feel related with different members of the band in methods I didn’t earlier than COVID.
Are you retiring or retired out of your life’s work and wish to continue learning inside a group of supportive individuals? Take a look at the Iowa Metropolis New Horizon Band homepage at IowaCityNHB.org. Rehearsals by Zoom and SmartMusic are Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. Ask for the Zoom hyperlink utilizing the request type on the homepage.
Steve Schomberg loves taking part in tuba in group bands and ensembles. He graduated from the College of Iowa in 1966. After graduate work and a profession on the College of Minnesota and College of Illinois, he retired to Iowa Metropolis to be near his household’s farm and for the music alternatives supplied locally.