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Matthew June 20th

Slurred String Crossings make sure string crossing is ahlfway through the bow Make sure to fully extend the arm on the D and A strings Vibrato Twinkle Tennis Ball too much hand/wrist rotation, not enough arm rotation and throwing motion try to think of the wrist joint being more stationary, and te rotation coming more from the elbow joint more [...]

2022-06-20T18:47:18-04:00June 20th, 2022|

Matthew – June 13th

D major 2 octaves make sure the elbow is leading the way for the string crossings D drone Arpeggio keep arm higher for Fsharp on the C string move thumb for extension point left arm forward on lower string for extension G major 2 octaves 4th position: fsharp closer to G make sure fingers nice and tall after shift keep [...]

2022-06-13T18:59:42-04:00June 13th, 2022|

Matthew June 7th

G major get the weight out of the string for descending shift practice slower, land with tall fingers Fsharp closer to G in 4th position practice D to E and E to D. Listening for the shift and the intonation. then go faster Arpeggio work on keeping the bow moving, smootha dn continuous save the bow, slow bow anticipate string [...]

2022-06-13T18:29:41-04:00June 7th, 2022|

Matthew May 30th

D major Think of closing the hand more when you aren't extending check 4th finger in 1st position D major arpeggio no bending in the wrist straighten out 1st finger as much as possible. no space between 3-4 push the other fingers away with the first finger G major start shift sooner arrive on tall round planted fingers smaller hand [...]

2022-05-30T18:48:22-04:00May 30th, 2022|

Matthew May 16th

Don't forget to bring a tenis ball for next week. D major arpeggio when should the left arm come up?descending, before the F sharp G major Drone work: listen for ringing 4th fingers 4th finger in 4th position (G), check with open string still practicing one note per bow when working on intonation. Check with a drone and then needs [...]

2022-05-16T18:51:28-04:00May 16th, 2022|

Matthew May 10th

Slurred String Crossing When working on backwards, really think of pronating the bow arm slightly when you are in the middle to upper half, especially during string crossings so it is smoother flatter bow hair on lower strings G major practice with metronome on quarter notes, and play the scale with eighth notes practice with metronome on eithghth notes shifting [...]

2022-05-11T16:01:53-04:00May 11th, 2022|

Matthew May 2nd

G major always playing on the tip of the 4th finger shifting back into tall fingers not flat fingers Arpeggio when going from D string to B on the A string, walk the first finger accross and then lift the other fingers D major when going at a faster tempo, prepare the thumb and first finger extension sooner, as well [...]

2022-05-02T18:48:03-04:00May 2nd, 2022|

Matthew April 25th

Slurred string crossings - sitting tall. Try not to lean over the cello. Think of supporting your cello with your sternum and a straight back D major 8 per bow - Upper half on the D string, make sure to fully striaghten the bow arm - increase tempo - when you're increasing tempo, think more about string crossing G major [...]

2022-04-25T19:02:14-04:00April 25th, 2022|

Matthew April 18

G major now arm: evenly distribute each note Try to increase tempo Add elastic band to bow D major practice a bit slower so you know where to change the bow D major arpeggio 1 3 and 5 practice with a D drone Slow separate bows: whole bow Practice plucking and saying notes: D Fsharp A Then 3 notes per [...]

2022-04-18T18:54:34-04:00April 18th, 2022|

Matthew April 11th

Slurred String Crossings make sure to change strings at half way through the bow try to maintain a consistent contact point. As you move to lower strings, your contact point is closer to the bridge and vice versa. Try to maintain one point. D major 2 octaves very nicely curled fingers work on 8 per bow G major 2 octaves [...]

2022-04-11T18:51:39-04:00April 11th, 2022|
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