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Friday, 08 November 2013

A few words of wisdom from the cellist and contemporary music specialist

Technique, especially in new music, is about being precise

We play music first for ourselves, for our own pleasure and our own development, and for the chance to share it with an audience. It should never be a competition with other players, only a game with yourself.

Be honest about what you like. Try to perform music you really believe in, with musicians who share the same musicality as you.

Never judge a piece until you have performed it. It takes a long time to understand some music, because you have to learn the composer’s logic, grammar and imagination.

Improvising is so important in developing your individual sound world and your unique approach to your instrument. It will also make you approach written music and structure in an entirely different way.
Technique is influenced by three factors: the instrument’s tradition and repertoire; collaborations with composers; and your own improvisation.

Many musicians simply rely on their instincts but technique, especially in new music, is about being precise.

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