5 April 2018 Standlake ‘Keep time! How sour sweet music is when time is broke and no proportion kept! So is it in the music of men’s lives. I wasted time, and now doth time waste me’ Shakespeare Richard II Act V Scene V Bearing in mind what I learned about bow changes … Continue reading Dotzauer Day 10: On the use of the metronome in practice
This list will be updated as other sources are mentioned. Studies and exercises: Duport: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/DUPORT-21-ETUDES-CELLO-by-Duport-Jean-Louis-EDT/9780769271019 Feuillard: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/Daily-ExercisesTagliche-UbungenExercices-Journaliers-by-Louis-R-Feuillard-composer/9783795795030 Stutschewsky: https://en.schott-music.com/shop/violoncello-technik-no32085.html Rick Mooney: Double Stops for Cello https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/Double-Stops-for-Cello-by-Rick-Mooney-author/9780874877618 Position Pieces for Cello, Books 1 and 2: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/Position-Pieces-for-Cello-by-Rick-Mooney-author/9780874877625 https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/Position-Pieces-for-Cello-Bk-2-by-Rick-Mooney-author/9781589512054 Thumb Position for Cello, Books 1 and 2 : https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/Thumb-Position-For-Cello-Book-1-by-Mooney-Rick/9780874877632 Books about technique: Christopher Bunting: Essay on the Craft … Continue reading Cello Resources/References etc. as mentioned in the blog.
2-4- 2018 The Walnut Tree Inn, Blisworth I am writing from the camper van in a campsite in Oxfordshire, This is definitely a superior affair compared to the scene of our adventures in Grendon: hard, gravelled standing, clean bathrooms with spacious cubicles and running (truly) hot, a laundry, a pool, a sauna, WiFi (which … Continue reading Dotzauer Day 7: On Posture and the Walnut Tree
1-4-2018 Wellingborough, UK It's Easter Sunday, and having decamped from the drowning-in-mud campsite at Grendon, we are at a motorway Hotel. I am using my metal mega mute, and have the television on, to avoid bothering my neighbours. It's a programme about the Easter Story, and bizarrely, the Scottish presenter is singing Away … Continue reading Dotzauer Day 6: Away in a Manger vs Dotzauer
31-3-2018 Grendon, Northamptonshire Today's challenge consists chiefly of trying to play a cello in a small VW camper van, perched sideways on the back seat with the music stand jammed up against the back of the front passenger seat, with not quite enough space to use full bows in either direction. The seat is … Continue reading Dotzauer Day 5: On Practising in a Small Camper Van, and On Playing Different Cellos
30-4-2018 Utrecht On to the third line of Dotzauer today. It consists of two phrases that rise and fall, both with a crescendo in the middle, so my first issue is what shall I crescendo to? I'm starting piano from the beginning of the last bar of the second line, so I suppose … Continue reading Dotzauer Day 4: On Wolf Notes and Phrasing
29-3-2018 Utrecht Having tackled the first line yesterday, today's task is the second line, which, due to a diminuendo in bars 7 and 8 is pretty much like tackling the first line, but in piano instead of forte. The same issues of string crossing, and playing in different parts of the bow, but a … Continue reading Dotzauer Day 3: Exam Results Day