I'm curious to see what answers I get. I'm preparing some excerpts for upcoming school ensemble auditions, and I've hit a stumbling block. How do you all prepare your excerpts? For me personally, I take about the first 2 weeks just listening to the pieces for the entire context and then begin breaking it down with a metronome.
I was lucky enough to have a prep lesson on the excerpts before the semester ended so I'm not totally clueless. I just want other people's perspectives.