Technique: Cello sound production

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Cellist Alexander Baillie guides those starting to explore sound options with the bow

Essentially any exploration of sound production on the cello relies on three elements – the placement of the bow on the string, the speed of the bow, and the amount of weight or pressure applied. By focusing on any one or any combination of these, it is possible to simplify what is going on with tone production and to solve any problem relating to it. Thinking of the points of contact between the fingerboard and the bridge as the five lanes of a motorway is a formula that takes the mystery out of playing, and is a reliable image to turn to again and again…

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