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The bridge between two f-holes

Lesson 161 - Repetition, not ocd

2017-03-08 16:02:21

During lesson, we focused on the 'a tempo' section of Faure's Elegie.

The section begins off a semiquaver beat with 3 simple notes over two strings under one bow; it also calls for 'espressivo', with expression of feeling, which is the exact opposite mood of the section before it. Here, the challenge is to change the scene of the piece - if it were a theatrical performance, the set and lighting would have been changed, for example, to tell the audience that something new is happening.

To achieve this, you could be 'lighter' in the bow hand and maybe even quicken the tempo a little bit to liven up things up and accomodate all the new triplets that are found within this section.

We could spend an entire practice session on just these 3 notes but do it well (not in an ocd way!), and you can apply the lessons here to the rest of the piece.

And now, a piece by Deryn and her husband, Dan Cullen.

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Learning the cello as an adult started as a dare but has now turned into an ongoing love affair; I hope to one day make her sing to her full potential. In the meantime, all spare time and moments are dedicated to this wonderful instrument as I am unable to think about anything else, much to the dismay of my other half :}

This is an attempt to remember the classes I have taken so that I don't forget.

My wonderful teacher, Deryn ~ http://cellostudio.info/