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So, after 7 months here is my first recital. The woman I'm playing with is my sons violin teacher and we decided to learn the cello together, forcing ourselves to have a goal and do a duet together for the end of semester recital.
It's been fun playing along with my son and learning. So much more motivation when you can play with others. Great to keep each other motivated and reaching the next goal.
By the way, this is the Fiddlerman Artist Cello, really loving it.
music is from - Lee, Sebastian - 22 Very Easy Duets for Cello
That was very good. Your playing was very good and I love rhe sound of your cello, too.
What brand of strings do you have on it? Are they easy to bow. Some are harder to bow than others.
Sorry for the off-topic questions, figured I would catch you where you could reference what I was talking about.
Thanks for the book refernce, too. But mostly, thanks for sharing the cello duet. Loved it.
Cello and Viola Time!
The strings came with the cello and I'm pretty sure it is a set of Helicore strings. Very easy to play, nice resonance. I use the fiddlerman CF bow with the holstein premium rosin. I find that cleaning the strings with the microfiber cloth after each practice helps greatly with the sound and about every week or two I do a deep clean with alcohol (careful not to get any on the cello).
One other thing I find helpful, when playing on the C & G strings you need to apply a little more pressure to get them to vibrate properly and get a nice deep resonance.
Yeah, the C and G strings were hard for me to adjust to. For some reason any instructor I had would seem to be skipping those strings, and anything else that was a challenge. I could tell from the sings in the book that were being skipped. I mentioned that to my new instructor. My new instructor is covering everything. So much easier to learn this way.
I couldn’t tell from watching you play, are you shifting out of first position yet? Since my last lesson, I am shifting on the A string now when doing the Fmajor double octave scale. Love the feeling of progressing. I love the duet we are doing that is enforcing the Fmajor key. It is a lot of work, but I am getting it.
I am going to check out the book you noted in your post. Thanks for mentioning where the duet came from.
Again, loved your recital piece.
Cello and Viola Time!