How can I improve ensemble skills...?

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I've taken GCSE Music this year and we are currently on AoS2 - Shared Music. Part of the assessment is performing a piece of music in an ensemble. It will be marked on how well you work together. I am accompanying a singer on piano and we are playing "Someone Like You" by Adele. So far it sounds OK however I'd like to improve; any suggestions?

Posted Sun 25th March, 2012 @ 15:04 by Maria

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Answered Thu 29th March, 2012 @ 15:03 by Hannah
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Listening to eachother is the key. If you can listen and know how your part fits with the singer, you can allow the singer to be more flexible with the tempo and let them sing it how they want rather than sticking strictly to the beat. As the accompanist, you really have to know what the other person is doing and when you play your notes to fit well with them. I know the piano part to that song and it is hard to stick to the correct speed. This is why listening is important so you don't race off too fast or play it too slowly. Make sure you know the song and that will help you to know how it all fits together. Don't block everything else out and focus ourely on your part or it won't blend nicely. Maybe have some places where you agree between you to slow down a little and let the singer lead these things.

Answered Thu 5th April, 2012 @ 16:58 by Hannah
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Yes i have to agree! listening is the NUMBER ONE rule! When playing with others dont ever be simple minded! you HAVE to be able to say 'I AM WRONG'. if you can hear that somthing is dischorded dont carry on playing. stop then listen and skip bars if you have to to catch up. Also if everyone is playing 'wrongly' its the same thing like before. it would sound like you are playing it wrong so just adjust to them :)

Answered Sun 6th May, 2012 @ 21:34 by angeline
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joining an orchestra is the best way :)

Answered Sun 30th September, 2012 @ 16:36 by lexi
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Go to as many musical after school clubs as you can! I did my ensemble piece with the school orchestra! Ensemble skills aren't a problem when you play in three different orchestras!

Answered Sun 14th October, 2012 @ 12:20 by Hannah
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Join as many orchestras and bands as you can. Learn also how to play in different timings in different styles of music. Listening to each other is once again the KEY. Hope that's Ok! PS: hope it all goes to plan :-D

Answered Wed 13th February, 2013 @ 18:21 by Maisie
Edited by Maisie on Wed 13th February, 2013 @ 18:23