Tag Archives: cello

E is for “Ehh…”

This post will most likely be of no interest to you unless you’re a cellist and have some interest in electric cellos, either because you own one or because you’re wondering if you might like to buy one. But I … Continue reading

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Grace Notes

I’m going to be reviewing Band-in-a-Box for the Synth & Software website. That review won’t be written or uploaded for a couple of weeks, and I’m not going to spoil it by giving you a lot of inside information in … Continue reading

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Goats in the Machine

I have a talented cello student, a sophomore in high school, who on his own initiative found and started learning Mark Summer’s “Julie-O.” Summer is the cellist with the Turtle Island String Quartet, and “Julie-O” is his big unaccompanied solo … Continue reading

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Pass It Along

Forty years ago, you could buy classical sheet music by driving into the nearest large city and browsing in the bins at a large specialty store. Byron Hoyt in San Francisco was a regular stop for musicians when they were … Continue reading

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Cello Lessons

Just for kicks, I googled “cello lessons livermore”. The first link that came up, underneath the paid business links, was Musika (musikalessons.com). My own web page is next, following Musika. I’m not a web programming whiz, but it’s real obvious … Continue reading

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Gifts

This could easily turn into one of those hackneyed “our time on Earth is limited; we have to make the most of it” sermonettes. I don’t want to go there. The thing I want to get at is a little … Continue reading

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Larry Granger

I was shocked this afternoon (Monday, June 15th) to get a forwarded email saying Larry Granger had died.¬†For a few minutes I was hoping¬†the message might turn out to be a gruesome hoax, but a couple of phone calls to … Continue reading

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Cello Lessons

I’ve been posting an ad for my cello teaching business on the local craigslist. Another fellow, Peter Metcalf, is also advertising cello lessons. He may be a wonderful teacher and a fine musician; I’ve never met him or watched him … Continue reading

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Practicing Cello

A comment on one of my posts asked whether I have any tips for more efficient practicing. Maybe a few, yeah. I don’t follow my own tips all the time, but here they are: Warm up before you tackle tough … Continue reading

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Doing It Wrong

In the last analysis, playing a musical instrument is a form of athletic activity. Muscles, tendons, joints, posture — it all matters. When you’re young, you can get away with a few bad habits, because your body is resilient. Once … Continue reading

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