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A Comparison of Nine 10mm Cello Endpins

Comparisons of nine 10mm endpins: from New Harmony, a hollow 20 inch, 43 gram carbon fiber, a 20 inch, 67 gram solid CF, a 24 inch, 76 gram hollow CF, a 24 inch, 79 gram solid CF, and a 28 … Continue reading

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A Question Answered, “Who were the most important teachers to you?”

Not too long ago, Robert DeMaine, the principal cellist of the LA Philharmonic, posted a topic on the Internet Cello Society asking people to reflect on people who were important in their lives. This was my reply. This is going … Continue reading

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Updated String Tension Chart

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A demonstration of the Thomastik Versum and Versum Solo strings for cello

A Demonstration of Thomastik Versum and Versum Solo strings for Cello 00:00 Versum A string scale 00:14 Versum Solo A string scale 00:28 Versum Brahms B major 01:26 Versum Solo Brahms B major 02:23 Versum Shostakovich A string 03:02 Versum … Continue reading

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A Demonstration of the HEIMU H800 instrument mic on the cello

The purpose of this demonstration is to give a basic understanding of how this microphone can work in a sound reinforcement (amplified cello) environment. The cello was recorded with the mic in two common placements often employed with the DPA … Continue reading

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A Comparison of Three endpins

Comparisons of a New Harmony 19 inch, 10mm, 68 gram carbon fiber endpin, a New Harmony 24 inch, 10mm, 76 gram carbon fiber endpin, and a 24 inch, 10mm, 230 gram RESONANCE Titanium Cello Endpin. Actual length of the shafts … Continue reading

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2 microphone demonstrations

Here is a demonstration of the Shure MV88 stereo microphone for iOS devices A comparison of Shure MV88 with two professional stereo microphone pairs  

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Beethoven’s Sonatas for Piano and Cello

Beethoven’s five Sonatas for piano and cello offer a magnificent distillation of twenty years of development as a composer into two hours of listening. His mastery of the conventional musical forms and structures of the time was clear from his … Continue reading

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Wolf Tones

Wolf tones are hyper-resonances that often occur with cellos. On some instruments they present no problem, but on others they make certain pitches difficult to play well. They typically occur in the area of Eb-F# in 4th position on the … Continue reading

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Weight Training

Weight training can hamper your playing. How? Two ways: poor form can cause injury to soft tissues, joints, neck, and spine. Training with heavy weight, even with perfect form, shortens the muscles (that is the principal manner in which they … Continue reading

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