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Starker's "The Road to Cello Playing"
A master performance of student cello etudes. It would be very interesting to electronically move octaves into violin's range.
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Janos Starker was certainly one of the finest cello players of the last century.  He was also a professor at the Indiana University.  In 1967, he recorded a series of student etudes for cello called "The Road to Cello Playing."  The LP has been updated to CD, and I obtained it for a few dollars.  The two dominant elements were aesthetic and pedagogic.                      

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Thank you. I just now ordered it from Amazon for $2+4sh.

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I suspected that you would.  I would be very interested in hearing a version where the audio file was modified to shift the register to the violin range, keeping the original dynamics and tempo.  A word of caution.  I have read that a generation of cello students gave up the study after hearing Starker playing the etudes.  Starker had a very interesting life (I read his book).  He only played one Strad throughout his career (a loaner with which he toured in Africa).  The rest of the time he played on copies of instruments he liked in his travels.  He created his own cello (and violin) bridge but I have not been able to purchase any examples.  Images are available on the net.  Sorry for the free form narrative but I find that I no longer have the ability to create paragraphs.  Perhaps it is an attempt to limit my verbage.

Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.  —Werner von Braun

Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.         —Frank Zappa

Experience is a difficult teacher, it gives the test first and the lesson after.

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January 4, 2018 - 8:57 pm
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I cannot comprehend the troubles he faced with humidity in Africa, coupled with his desire to not harm the Strad. I have watched the David Finckel videos and have wondered the same about his humidity problems throughout his world tours.

I believe I am safe in saying that no one here would ever think to stifle your words, quite the opposite every one here is anxious for your next post. Because forum gremlins have caused me problems in other forums, I now type into Notepad, then copy/paste into the reply area...no problems.

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Well MrYikes, it has been about two weeks now and I am anxious.  How did you like the CD I recommended?

Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.  —Werner von Braun

Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.         —Frank Zappa

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Thank you again for the info about the cd. I have listened to it twice before I practiced with the cello. Sadly by osmosis I learned very little. The etudes are way way over my head. But it was fun to listen how a cello is to be played. The double stops can really open your mind as to the possibilities.
I basically use the cello as a type of yoga,,long slow bowing without much intentional thought,,just being. I am still in first position trying to hit the fourth finger accurately.

 

You mentioned that Starker worked at IU, which is just down the road from me. In fact I took some violin lessons at one of the buildings at Jacob School of Music. Parking was a big headache there.

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