Cello lesson with Paul Katz.

  • Choice of bow stroke should communicate lightness, dance character
  • Choice of tempo  depends also on Variation 1 and 2
  • Different phrase shapes are  possible and desirable
  • The short notes in the theme are still part of the melody
  • Variety in the  shaping and timing makes the repeats more interesting
  • The arm and hand should feel upward and buoyant, not physically down or heavy
  • The right hand index finger starts each short note, with a light release that puts air and ring at the end of the stroke
  • Vibrato can enliven each note
  • Theme should sound in 2 beats to a bar, not in 4
  • Ends of short notes should have ring, resonance
  • Shape the first measure and all other bars of short notes by varying the bow stroke

 

cellowisdom

The left hand is your thoughts, the right hand is your tongue.
–Gregor Piatigorsky

 

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