Archive for April 2010

The strange misconceptions some people have regarding musicians…

April 24, 2010

Musicians talking about the things people ask them about their job and the answers they give. I love the answer to the question, “So what are you going to do when you grow up?”

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Little things matter

April 18, 2010

I recently gained a new adult cello student. He came back this week for his second lesson complaining of a sore wrist in his bowing arm.  A bit of a puzzle!

In the course of the lesson I began to explain again the technique of the right hand in holding the bow and the position of the bow on the string. I explained that he needed to have the bow hair parallel with the floor as he lowered it on to the string.

He gave a sudden exclamation, “Oh, I thought the hair had to be flat against the string!”  The “aha!” moment! A simple adjustment to the postion of the hand and away he went, with a far more relaxed (and correct) bow hold.

How vigilant we need to be as teachers, continually monitoring our students technique to make sure they are on the right track!


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