S2E1: Three Mistakes to Avoid with String Sectionals

As the largest body of an orchestra, it’s always great to have a string sectional to unify style, articulation, and even phrasing. If you are not a string player yourself, what are the mistakes to avoid when leading a string sectional?

Instead of:

  • Get stuck in bowing discussions
  • Not knowing your terms
  • Give instructions on bowing or fingering 

Do this:

  • Always have a set of bowings marked in the part before distributing them 
  • Describe the sounds you want
  • Let the principals / concertmaster adjust things as they see fit
  • Get help, be over-prepared, and bring an open mind to see what they are offering you!

Resources: Bowing Libraries

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