You play much better in tune when you don't stare at the fingerboard. The brain should tell the fingers what to do. If you look at your fingers before your brain has had a chance to direct, you will reverse the process'

Alisa Weilerstein gives a cello masterclass, organised by the Czech Philharmonic, for music school students at the Rudolfinum in October 2015.

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