Biomechanics of Cello Playing
The cello and the cellist 


CELLO MECHANICS

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Strings

  • Vibration mechanism
  • Tension force
  • Modern strings
  • Baroque strings

Bow

  • Bow hairs and the string
  • Stick of the bow 
  • Types of bows
  • Bowing a string
  • Choosing bowings
*Modern, classical, baroque

Set-up

  • Choosing the set-up of your cello according to your body type, muscular strength, and the repertoire you play.
  • Bridge type
  • Soundpost
  • Renversement

HEAD

Awareness

  • Concentration
  • Meditation
  • Thinking

Training

  • memorize
  • analyse
  • focus
  • diet - energy

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BODY AND MOVEMENT

Leonardo da Vinci

Credit: Leonardo Da Vinci 

Royal Collection, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Breathing

  • breathing technique
  • influence of breathing
  • breathing and playing

Posture

  • sitting
  • optimal positions
  • gravity
  • balance

Movement

  • joints
  • muscles
  • breathing

Force

How to create a force
A force is a push or pull that causes a person or object to speed up, slow down, stop or change direction.

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THE CELLIST

Technique - Interpretation - Performance
The Cello Player by Frank Bare

Technique

LEFT HAND
  • articulation
  • shifting 
  • substitutions
  • vibrato
RIGHT HAND
  • bow hold
  • direction of the bow
  • smooth changes
  • spiccato
  • dynamics
  • projection of the sound

Interpretation

  • Phrasing
  • Breathing
  • Historical performance
  • Historical set-up
  • Making the link between the mind and the playing.
  • Style
  • Express emotions

Inspiration

  • Artistic interest
  • Discovering other arts
  • Research

Performance

  • Focus
  • Performance practice
  • Auditions training
  • Stage fright

Career

  • Cello expectations
  • Cello goals
  • Self esteem
  • Online presence