What is the difference between a quartet and trio?
A quartet consists of two violins, one viola, and one cello. A trio can either be two violins and cello, or violin, viola, cello. One of the inner voices is removed. We can still play all of the same repertoire for duos, trios, and quartets.
Do you attend the rehearsal for weddings?
No we do not ~ Every run-through is different every time. How we time our music is by watching the last person arrive at the altar and creating a cadence point to line up with that. This is what makes live music different than recordings, where typically the sound is just turned down.
Should I submit the timing in minutes/seconds for our walks down the aisle?
As mentioned above, we time our cadences based on watching, not with a clock. Focus on enjoying your walk down the aisle and saying your vows, and let us do the rest. :-)
Can I specify sections by the minute/second from videos on YouTube, or specific measure numbers from sheet music?
We are always happy to hear what you want for your music! Please bear in mind that it is very likely that our arrangement is not the exact same as a video or other sheet music. We can take specification as a guide, but it may still sound a little different. Part of having live music means the element of it not sound precisely like a recording!
Do you need anything from the clients on the day of?
We do require arm-less chairs provided at the venue. If the weather has decided to be difficult, then an understanding that we might have to adapt plan A as indicated in our contract, for protection of the instruments.
Should I add amplification?
We recommend adding the amplification package for receptions and cocktails with over 150 people. Once folks get to drinking and chatting, it can get pretty loud!
Can I get a recording of the processional (or other) music?
You can request a recording for $25 up to 1 week before and $50 within the week of the event, with the understanding that it will just be the Violin 1 part (melody). We unfortunately do not have the opportunity to get together and record every time someone would like to hear their specific song. The melody should suffice for practice/sound purposes.
What if I would like to add a different instrument?
Atoka Strings has incorporated other instruments such as guitar, harp, flute, trumpet, saxophone, and drums upon special request. We are always willing to do what it takes to create the vision the client desires. It is important to keep in mind that sometimes the availability of outside musicians are limited, and they may also work on a different pay rate. That being said, we will do our best to make an idea work.
Can you offer a microphone for the ceremony?
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