Projection in concert halls

Discussion in 'Orchestral Technique [DB]' started by Bain92, Jun 21, 2008.

  1. Bain92


    Jun 21, 2008
    hey, i'm hoping to gain some advice as to how to gain greater projection in large echoey acoustics. This is because i play in a chamber ensamble with 5 wind and 5 string, and i am unable to get equal projection as to that of the wind players. So, any advice would be much apreciated, thanks.
  2. Articulation is a big deal in concert halls, if its staccato it needs to be almost marcato, if its detache it needs to be almost staccato, everything has to be articulated clean and over th e top otherwise your sound loses focus. try playing closer to the bridge with less bow speed that give a good focused sound that carries and has increased volume.
  3. Bain92


    Jun 21, 2008
    hey, the piece is a concertante by ridout and a majority of the final movement is staccato, and i have been doing it way over the top as its chamber music so i have to exagerate everything anyways so that everyone can follow each other etc, however my sound does not carry above that of the wind. Even when i am in duo with the cello our combined sound does not carry above or equal to the wind. So is it just a case of as close to the bridge as possible and making the articulation crisp? If so should i make the gap between the notes greater in order to emphasize the notes?
  4. Are you talking about the sound as you hear it, or what someone out in the hall hears?

    You aren't ever going to hear it like you do in a practice situation, and some halls just suck the sound away from you... but that's actually a good thing because they're giving it to the audience. So, you need to get someone to wander around the hall to see how you are projecting. It might be fine, even if you can't really hear yourself play.
  5. futurebass77


    Aug 2, 2007
    well, a few months back my lessons teacher played an open A on my bass. the vibrations shook the room, and he wanted me to try. So i give it a go and i couldnt even get the ceiling to buzz. What he told me to do was to use more bow, and before i could say no, i was louder than he was. i guess using more bow projects more sound.
  6. bassat88


    Mar 3, 2008
    New York City
    I don't know how your left hand is... but don't squeeze the notes out. It should be 90% right hand and 10% left hand (or something along the lines of that) and with your bow remember to play more horizontally then vertically. If you try to force the sound out it will only cut back the sound.