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Playing in an orchestra with your ears closed

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What have you learned from your past jobs?

In a symphony orchestra you have learned to feel the music. Play even with your eyes and ears closed. It sounds funny, but in fact it is the pure truth;
For example, imagine that you play on a huge stage, with a very controversial acoustics. Of course, the audience in the hall gets an amazing experience, feeling every note and immersing themselves in the music. But this is often not the case on the stage. The sound spreads with delay, some frequencies are heard better than others. As a result, a kick in the kettledrum at the other end of the stage won't get to you right away, and you're risking to release your sound later than necessary. And now let's remember that about 80 people can play in a symphony orchestra, and you have to orientate yourself (besides the conductor) for each of them. What should we do? Of course to close your eyes! Because at this moment, you may see the stunning beauty and strength of the soffit. Now you not only hear with a delay, but also see with difficulty.

This experience makes you look for new ways to interact. You are no longer just watching the conductor, but the people around you, determining from their reactions the real rhythm of music. By other factors, you try to predict the delay time and adjust to it. You learn to "feel" the sound, not to be guided only by your hearing, and so on.

Probably, this helps later on and in any other area, giving you the opportunity to understand how important it is to be able to adapt to the situation, rather than looking for the ideal conditions for work.



Author: Sergey Ulyashenkov