Thursday, December 15, 2005


Blatantly lifted from other blogs (1):

(thanx, Ethan Winer)

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Cello Stuff
Today I hooked up my computer to the TV set so I could watch the tuner/analyzer while I was playing. I set the microphone at the base of the music stand, and whenever I wanted to check my fingering, rather than look at my fingers, I'd look at the meter to see how I was doing, and then move my finger slightly if needed to find the exact
note (within a few tenths of a Hz). It was different to play that way - especially just after taking off the adhesive tape.

I'm wondering whether or not it's a good idea to see this while I'm playing. It's sort of like biofeedback, where you watch a display of your brainwaves and do some relaxation exercises - pretty soon, you get to where you can relax just by watching and unconsciously controlling the brainwave patterns. If I watch the music waves while I'm playing, would I learn the same sort of unconscious contol of the tones (by proper finger placement)?

I played all morning just doing fingering workouts, trying to get the placements right - and yes, I used the display at times to see how I was doing. I didn't get to any actual pieces today - it took 20 to 30 minutes to work through each page of exercises. I'm also trying to stretch my fingers while not playing.

I've "played" the clarinet, the piano, and the violin - but none well. I never got the same feeling of connectedness with those instruments that I get every time I pick up my cello! I only stop playing each day when my fingers stop working, sometimes I'll then do some bowing exercises on the open strings for a while.

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