Category Archives: High Strung

Some days learning to play cello gets to me. Some days lots of other little things get to me to. CC isn’t the only one in this family with a tight A string.

Growing into your instrument

While I was trying cellos at Hammond Ashley, there was a cellist in the next booth over ripping one of the Bach Suites in HALF. He or she was pretty awesome: a couple of times I stopped what I was … Continue reading

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OK cellists: need your input

I finally figured out what’s been so damn confounding about Brandenburg and I need your two cents. My sheet music comes with fingerings that make sense but contradict my standard D Major scale fingerings to the point where it throws … Continue reading

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This Week in Cello Land: Now Panic and Freak Out

Somewhere, a giant clock began to tick. At some point during Tuesday’s orchestra rehearsal it dawned on me that our next performance (and my first with RCO) is less than two weeks away. I feel like I’m cramming for an … Continue reading

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The Bad News, and the Bad News: I’m cello jinxed

You might have been curious to know how the community orchestra thing went on Thursday. People don’t often associate Seattle (and outlying areas) with snow. People who live in Seattle don’t associate Seattle with snow. So when it does actually … Continue reading

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You have strings, come play with us!

Such went the invite. The story: TBF and I were attending his work holiday party. I was meeting a delightful group of international smartheads and chatting about all number of things (motorcycles, travel, kids, dogs, etc) when I made one … Continue reading

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Sneaking past UK customs with that cello…I don’t think so

Argggh. As if having to buy two plane tickets wasn’t bad enough… Kristin Ostling, cellist with the Carpe Diem Quartet, who reside at the University of Ohio, was questioned for eight hours by officials at Terminal 3 over the weekend, … Continue reading

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TheStar Beware those bargain musical instruments

Alistair Grieve holds up a violin he bought online recently. The weathered orangey-brown case and scuff marks belong to a nicely worn old instrument. The label inside says François Barzoni, a trade name from a reputable London factory. The violin … Continue reading

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