When we start out playing a stringed instruments, we all strive for straight or parallel bowing. At first, it seems almost impossible to get the bow to travel in a straight line. After a while, it becomes second nature. Why I do I mention this? After getting pretty decent with straight bowing, my teacher started […]Read More Figure 8 Bowing
Buying a cello can be difficult. I hope the tips in this article can help select THE instrument for you.Read More Buying a Cello
So this has been an interesting and kind of a stressful week for me. For some reason, I thought I needed a new cello. It all started last week, when I dropped by my luthiers to get my bow re-haired. I inquired if they had a Montagnana (We’ll call it Monty for the rest of […]Read More Monty? Pierre? Slava!
In 2017 Hilary Hahn committed to practicing 100 days in a row and everyday she posted a 1 minute video of herself on her Instagram page @violincase with hashtag #100daysofpractice. The 100 Day Practice Challenge (http://slippedisc.com/2017/11/so-hilary-hahn-practised-for-100-days/) : 100 days of practice in a row, in fact. The idea came from a global Instagram project (designated by the […]Read More 100 Day Practice Challenge
Surgical Tubing DIY can make your bow comfortable to holdRead More Bow Hold Comfort – Surgical Tubing
“Newton’s First Law of Motion states that a body at rest will remain at rest unless an outside force acts on it, and a body in motion at a constant velocity will remain in motion in a straight line unless acted upon by an outside force”Read More Newton’s First Law of Motion and Practicing
If you have small hands or short fingers and you have intonation inconsistencies, you might want to try the Nails to Bridge.Read More Small Hands or Short Fingers – Nails to Bridge
So here I am practicing The Swan. This must have been the 6th time in a row I played (actually butchered) this most beautiful cello music. As you can tell, Abby is a polite girl because she tries to be discreet but the hardwood floor gives her away. I’m glad I’m looking down because I […]Read More My Dog, Abby, Had Enough!
For me, 2017 is the year of the cello, because this is the year I started playing the cello again, after a 35 year layoff. On June 3rd, I rented a cello and when I got home, I tuned my cello with a tuning fork (I found my tuning fork from 35 years ago!) and […]Read More Happy New Year! Time to Cello-brate!
Bach Suite 1 Prelude. From note 1, this piece is a series of string crossings and well, when it comes to bowing technique I’m no Yo Yo Ma, or Inbal Segev. I’m in month 6 six of my comeback and the little things, like string crossings, that make music beautiful are slow to comeback. My teacher […]Read More String Crossing Tip