Figure 8 Bowing

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 […]

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Monty? Pierre? Slava!

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 […]

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My Dog, Abby, Had Enough!

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 […]

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String Crossing Tip

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 […]

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