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All About My Bow

online Series

Our bow is our voice. We want it to breathe, speak, dance, sing and emote. This is an infinite subject but we do need to start somewhere! I feel we learn best with clear explanation, demonstration, focus and experimentation.

We will explore in varied ways, how our bow use can become increasingly natural to us – to become truly, an extension of your arm and hand. In going slowly and in detail, you will more truly find your own voice and feel able to express yourself more fully and authentically as a cellist & musician.

This series will build your understanding in stages. Some classes may be repeated too.

The instrument we play is large and physical and we need to know how to use energy well and understand movement because sound follows the movement.

I will send you materials for the class ahead of the day and then afterwards I will send documents that help you consolidate and develop our work. The groups will be small enough that we will be able to work individually too to check things are understood.

DETAILS

Time: 6.00pm–8.15pm

Dates: 21st May, 22nd October, 3rd December 2022

Venue: Zoom (waiting room opens at 5.45pm for tuning)

Fee: £30 per class

What They Say

That was the most valuable, and I dare say, life-changing two hours fifteen minutes ever!

What's so good about All About My Bow? There is loads of really useful and fascinating information which you can access at any level of ability. If you're a beginner, there are so many new things to learn. If you're more advanced, you can gain so much because, as you already understand the technical terms and the basics of bowing, you can go deeper and focus on the more subtle aspects of this teaching. It deepens your understanding of complex techniques.

I am still marvelling at how much we value your instruction. Your ideas are so wonderfully shared!

Another really good session. I do admire how you distil all that knowledge in a single piece; I learn so much.

Bach would be so happy to know that his work can be taught by such an accomplished fan and shared by an international audience over the ether. Fantastic things were achieved tonight.

Well, that was just bloody, awesomely, fantastically exciting wasn't it? You are a wonder! Such detail.

Thank you so much. It was brilliant. I was so inspired that as soon as I left Zoom, I sat down and played the whole piece through before any food or drink.

Loved the deep dive into Bach.

Fantastic as usual. So much to think about.

Your excellent tutorial was a revelation not just for the Prelude, but it shone a light on many aspects of playing Bach.

It is a delight to spend these sessions learning from you!