A Conversation for Cellos

Erm...about fingers...

Post 1

Miranda (Make tea! Yes, Cissdur, it's still me)

The fingering technique you describe here - how more than one finger at a time is used to hold down the string - may be OK for beginners, but advanced technique requires much more freedom of the hand. When I play, I certainly need to use the weight of my whole hand (and the left arm), but normally only one finger at a time is held down on the string. And so, I believe, do most cellists who have advanced beyond Frere Jaques... smiley - smiley


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Post 2

Gnomon - time to move on

True! You couldn't do vibrato with four fingers down. Do you think it is worth getting the entry changed?


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Post 3

Miranda (Make tea! Yes, Cissdur, it's still me)

Well, it would make me happy, but then it seems I'm the only reader who has noticed, so I don't know if it could be said to be an important thing... smiley - smiley

Is it a long process, changing an entry that's already in the Edited Guide?


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Post 4

Gnomon - time to move on

No. For a minor change like this, I just tell the Eds what to change and they do it. It's usually done the same day.


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Post 5

Miranda (Make tea! Yes, Cissdur, it's still me)

Maybe it could say something like: "Great strength is needed ... so the wight of the whole hand is balanced (or focused?) on whichever finger is currently hoding down the string" ?

Another minor change I'd like to see is that the six solo pieces by Bach are called suites, not sonatas. Not to be confused with the sonatas for viola da gamba and harpsicord, which are sometimes played on the cello.

Apart from that, it is, neddless to say, a very good entry! smiley - smiley


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Post 6

Gnomon - time to move on

OK. I've put in a request for those to be changed.


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Post 7

Miranda (Make tea! Yes, Cissdur, it's still me)

Great! But, by all means, feel free to improve the language and/or spelling...! smiley - biggrin


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Post 8

Gnomon - time to move on

It's fixed now. Thanks for pointing the problems out. smiley - smiley


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Post 9

Miranda (Make tea! Yes, Cissdur, it's still me)

Great!

One should always aim for perfection, don't you think...? smiley - smiley

Merry Christmas!

smiley - reindeer


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