Author: Emily Wright

Happy New Year lesson giveaway bonanza-stravaganza

If you (or someone you know) if having a rough go of the cello, dealing with financial difficulties and can’t afford lessons, or maybe feeling a little detached from the instrument or lost on the path, I’d love to start out 2018 by helping in any way I can- so the first 3 people to comment each get 2 Skype lessons (usually 45 minutes, give or take) for free, plus notes describing strategies, specific techniques, and small bespoke studies I prescribe for my students. All levels welcome, from the conservatory grad to bare-bones beginner. Ages 15 and up, please....

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meditative practice

Creating a meditative state for your practice may sound like some kind of hippie crap or a fantasy, perhaps an urban legend. Too often, I find students fostering a mindset about practice that is akin to battle. You have to thrash the cello into submission. You want to beat yourself against the rocks. Kill the problems, attack the pieces. No matter what your process is, the reality of improvement is much more like the wind carving a canyon over a millennium than an earthquake, revealing new things instantly, in heaving jolts. The thing about a calm, measured practice is...

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resolutions

As 2017 draws to a close, my mind turns to making resolutions. I’m a big fan of them, no matter how short lived or unattainable they may seem to be. There’s a certain optimism in the idea of a fresh start, self improvement, a change for the better. Resolutions I’ve made in the past were fairly mundane until recently: yoga twice a week keep a journal stop buying so many shoes volunteer more often seriously, nobody needs this many shoes   The past few years have been a bit more focused: try not to let the past keep hurting...

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revelations

The best thing about my new PT guy (not so new, I suppose…it’s been a few months) is that he encourages my curiosity, and listens to me when I posit new ideas. “You’re in charge of your treatment: it’s all experimentation”, he says. A few sessions ago, I mentioned that my hips seem to flare up at the same time my scapular pain does- and that I have a suspicion they’re connected. He gave me some hip stretches to add into my usual yoga-based program, and off I went. One of the stranger aspects of this new era is...

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Goldilocks had a point

If one thing is clear, after all this time, it’s that the cello is hard enough as it is- and that people will do all kinds of stuff to make it much harder or even impossible to get to the point of mastery. The root cause of most trouble comes down to ego and self-concept: either the student feels a desperate need to be seen as competent and in control, or the student lives in fear of being seen as unaware of their most minute flaw and sets out on the impossible quest to be the perfect pupil, subservient...

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