Richard Sparks: The Power of Slow

RICHARD SPARKS: The Power of Slow. “You can practice the passage 20 times at a fast tempo and it’ll still be sloppy. But a fewer number of repetitions at a slower speed can allow the singers to absorb the pitches and build them in correctly. The same thing is true for instrumentalists. When I rehearse strings, for example, if the music has awkward string crossings, difficult bowings, or simply calls for extreme speed, the only way to make it better is to slow it down. For both singers and instrumentalists, ‘muscle memory’ must be developed that allows passage work that can be done accurately without consciously thinking of every individual note.”

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