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Jan Vogler

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Masterclass: Jan Vogler on Schumann's Fantasiestücke

Cellist Jan Vogler discusses how to colour these fantasy pieces using a mixture of technique and imagination

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Masterclass: Beethoven’s Cello Sonata no.4

Cellist Lynn Harrell considers challenges and contemporary concepts in the first movement of a sonata conceived entirely in the imagination of a deaf composer

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SpiccatoSautille2

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Spiccato and sautillé - two important bow strokes which are often confused

Making the bow come off the string is a delicate art. Rok Klopčič looks at various approaches

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Technique: Teaching rhythm and bowing to beginners

How to inspire very young musicians to learn new cello playing skills

From the archive: students of today

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From the Archive: students of today are distracted by fast cars and loud cinema

Albert J Roberts bemoans the pleasure-seeking of the younger generation in The Strad's July 1923 issue, and calls on music teachers not to give up on promoting their art in the face of such competition

Cynthia Phelps

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Violist Cynthia Phelps on studying with William Primrose and Donald McInnes

For some players, only the viola sound will do. But to bring out its full power, the New York Philharmonic violist sought help from a number of teachers, writes Ariane Todes