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Oliver
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Reading is important.
Assuming you might come in as a second violin, there will probably not be any handy melody to recognize for your part.
Maybe Fiddlerman has a second violin part to illustrate.  I think "Bumbebee" has 4 parts.  Check out how different they can be.  

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Actually, Fiddlerman "Barber of Seville" looks a little like a second violin part …. there is a lot going on with low strings and timing is a bit tricky.  (and bow direction counts amuse

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Reading is most definitely something you should practice. The harmony parts of songs can be tough for an ear learner, especially if it's vastly different from the main melody, or if no one else has the same rhythms. One of my cheap tricks from marching band was to see if any other section had a similar part for the touch licks and listened to them.

Maybe you could ask your community orchestra about the expected skill levels and set them as a goal. I know there are some community bands that are super selective with full out audition rounds, but others that take anyone who has an instrument and a willingness to learn. YMMV.dancinbunny

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Incidentally, I've heard of orchestras that pass out CD's to practice with.  Sounds like a good idea.

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I think Barry tried to say Now instead of Not. Is that right Barry? I can edit it for you if you want.... Many professional orchestras have a listening library.

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@Barry

 

I just remembered ……. several youth orchestras have sites with free pdf music which makes up the content of their auditions.   There may be some choices within the collection.  People can play different things but all within the audition requirements.

I'm sure you can Google up audition music to get an idea of the requirements.

Most of what I've seen is not easy. 

 

coffee2  For Cleveland Youth Orch.  4 elements ( first heading cut off..is SOLO)

 

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There are many levels of community orchestras. Some have little if any requirments. Cleveland is a big cultural city with a lot of assets. I would imagine that they have several community orchestras not to mention that this is for the youth orchestra. Lots of hard working talented youngsters.

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That is more like it, LOL.

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At a quick glance I would say you made a very good find.

I can only add that I have played with several people who were very active at the community level.  I know first hand that they benefited both as violinists and performers.  It's really win-win  thumbs-up

(watch out for Spring concerts because that ALWAYS causes snow on Feb. rehearsal dates ! dancing

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