Author: Emily Wright

an army of cellists

I had a session today for a film whose composer had the genius concept to score the whole movie…..with cellos and basses. 28 cellos! It was nice to hear the sound, of course, but it was also a great hang with some of the top players in LA that I am lucky enough to know. My thumb aches from the false harmonics, but it’s a small price to pay for a whole day in Cello Geek...

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Podcast alert!

My podcast is available on my site and cellobloggers. The purpose of this podcast is to give an intermediate student some tools to add to their normal menu of scales and etudes that can bridge the gap to advanced playing and also prime you for what more difficult repertoire will expect technically. I never record more than 1 or 2 takes. The aim here is not to showcase my talents, but to demonstrate the...

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tennis, anyone?

Do anything enough times and you’re bound to flirt with injury. Do something like play the cello, and your back is sure to remind you now and again that you are actually responsible for taking care of your body, not just master Popper #17. So I’ve been doing crazy chops practice this summer, am midway through a move, and have had a whole lotta stress from just about every other sector of my life to boot. My back is a wreck, and it reached a crisis point Sunday night. I called a massage therapist who listed Sunday nights as an availibility, and though she was not able to come and work out the kinks, she passed on this amazing nugget to me: Lie on a tennis ball. That’s right. Set yourself up on the floor (I used my yoga mat so my head wouldn’t bonk) and then put the ball where it hurts. Gradually put your weight onto the ball, and eventually, relax, supine, on the floor. Though it didn’t solve 100% of my issue, it made substantive improvement in the tension and pain I had....

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I heart my students

Sigh. This recital marks some milestones for my studio and the wonderful students in it. For some, I am fairly certain, it will be the last time I see them, as the pressures of Real Life make the required hours of practice impossible. For others, it will be their first solo performance since a traumatic experience in their youth. Still others are battling injuries and confidence issues. Recitals are funny that way. If they don’t mean something big going in, they end up that way once they’re done. The departing students have little way of knowing that while this recital may be their cello swan song, my fondness for them and admiration for their work has no end. Bravi, in...

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Check it out, nevermind. :) (part 3 of 3)

Well, from the feedback, I have decided to expand my book, but perhaps not to the 200 page epic that OUP wanted. I will still resubmit to them first after my additions, because I like the quality of their books, and the fact that their editor was decent enough to respond in the first place. But as for the length, I’m thinking that I’ll go more Rossini than Wagner. Sure, we all respect The Ring Cycle for its heft, but who do you whistle for days afterward? That crazy Thieving Magpie, that’s who. My goal is to write a book that will be on the music stand and the coffee table. I want it to be frayed, bent backwards and penciled. You don’t write a cello tech book to get rich, so I might as well write the one that feels, well,...

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