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Cello, Bow and You


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Table of Contents Prelude Forward Acknowledgements Introduction Part I: Sound Image, Cello, Bow and You Chapter 1: The Sound Image The sound image, or what you hear in your head Playing by ear or reading music Shaping the sound image Becoming your own conductor Becoming your own teacher Elements of the sound image Non- negotiable elements of a musical image Negotiable elements decided by the artist The cellist's objective Part II: Cello, Bow . . . Chapter 2: The Cello and The String Observation, the approach to the cello and bow The beauty of the instrument The bridge and the sound post The strings The nut, tailpiece and fingerboard The role of the bow Chapter 3: Stringing The intersection where the bow meets the string Stringing: the quintessence of string playing Chain reaction of vibrating the string Newton's laws in cello playing A sound: beginning, middle and end Articulations Volume of sound The varying amplitude makes the phrase Analogy to a triangle An exploration of placement Amount of hair touching the string The shape of the string Optimal placement of hair on the string Using placement for dynamic changes Placement on the four strings Chapter 4: The Fingerboard The fingerboard grid: an image-based approach The blueprint Harmonics Playing the grid Notes in one location Changing locations In support of intonation Learning the fingerboard: positions versus the grid Chapter 5: Tools of the Trade: The Left Hand and The Bow The left hand The left hand tool The bow Introduction to the bow Characteristics of the bow The hair The screw The length of the bow Gravity, natural balancing point and center of gravity Chapter 6: A Gravity Based Technique for Bowing The natural laws and how they affect bowing Gravity Weight Balance: the CG is the NBP Gravity-centered approach to the whole bow Differences in approach to learning: gravity based compared to traditional learning Changing the vocabulary for bowing instruction Legato, the soul of the cello The neutral whole bow Equalizing the weight of the two ends of the bow The shape of the bow guides the movement Changing directions respecting Newton Imbalance as an ally String crossings or changes, using the unbalancing factor Chapter 7: Short Notes as Part of the Whole Bow Stroke Short Notes: on and off the string On the string: detache, martele and accented notes Off the string: the bouncing bow Some things all bounced bows have in common Bounced bowing techniques The

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Evangeline Benedetti lives in New York City and teaches the cello and the Alexander Technique.


"Devoted cellists have long endured a dearth of systematic approaches to mastering the instrument. Finally, Evangeline Benedetti follows in the footsteps of the great violin pedagogues with an inspiring method of inarguable wisdom and sensitivity, with joyous music making as its final reward."--David Finckel, Cellist and Artistic Director, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Music@Menlo. Faculty, The Juilliard School "This book is packed with valuable information that has been road tested, and will be just as helpful to an expert or beginner cellist. Ms. Benedetti's expertise in both the fields of the Alexander Technique and professional cello performance will help cellists use the whole body in coordination and efficiency, as well as aid doctors, Physical Therapists, and Alexander Teachers to know what the professional cellist must do to move well."--Robert Britton, Professor of the Alexander Technique, San Francisco Conservatory of Music "Benedetti's book brings together every aspect of learning, playing and expressing oneself with the cello. Her ideas can lead one to realize the path to allowing one's cello playing to be as beautiful as one's mind's eye wants and as effortless as one's body will allow. This book is a must read for all cellists. Amateurs, professionals and students, both young and old, will benefit greatly from the clear format and practical solutions found within."--Alvin McCall, cellist and member of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra "In Cello, Bow and You: Putting it All Together, Evangeline Benedetti presents a clear and refined vision of playing. Her expertise in the Alexander Technique, and her extensive background in performing and teaching, have primed her to present a fresh, exciting approach."--Glen Gampbell, Cellist, San Diego Symphony, and Director of the Suzuki String Program at San Diego Symphony "Cello, Bow and You: Putting it All Together is a remarkable testament to Evangeline's philosophy and passion for the cello and the challenging technique required to play. I especially enjoyed her ability to seamlessly weave the Alexander Technique into honest, accurate cello playing. As I read, I loved hearing her unique voice, which I distinctly remember from my four years of lessons. It is essential reading for all cellists, both amateur and professional."--Nicholas Tzavaras, Cellist, Shanghai Quartet, and Faculty member, The Shanghai Conservatory of Music "First and foremost this book is a very comprehensive companion for the cellist. The author's generosity and yet light touch in sharing her knowledge and experience makes it possible for the non-player to follow easily and to some extent transfer the skill to an enquiry into any instrument. She always encourages curiosity, creativity and attention to the process. It should be on the shelf of any Alexander teacher who works with musicians!"--Statnews: Newsletter from the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique "Evangeline Benedetti, a veteran cellist of more than four decades with the New York Philharmonic, set herself the ambitious task of discussing all aspects of cello playing within 230 pages. She has succeeded remarkably well."--The Strad "While this book is predominantly about cello playing for cellists, and while it is also important to state that I am a professional musician but not a cellist, I think much of the information contained within could be of value not only to players of other bowed string instruments but also to musicians in general as well as those teachers who work with all of the above." --AmSAT

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