1. Vibrato: What is it? What does it mean? What is it for? In this Talk I put forth my own theories. And once you've mastered all the different vibrato types and variations I've illustrated in these Talks, how do you apply them? Here, I give some examples with playing demonstrations.

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  2. If you've never taken your cello apart and put it back together, you can learn how here. And when the bridge and tailpiece are off, you can look through the hole in the bottom to see if the post is straight.

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  3. For the final Cello Talk I went to Jordan Hall in Boston's New England Conservatory to let you hear the difference between French and Belgian bridges, and between three different A strings. Cameras on the stage and balcony captured sound close up, and distant - which is so much of what really counts.

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  4. It seems to me that what I've posted in this series makes up a School of Cello Playing. Here, I argue my case.

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  5. Musical knowledge certainly encompasses instrumental technique and the music itself, but knowledge of history, cultures, styles, composers' lives and related subjects is just as important, if not in some cases more so.

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David Finckel Cello Talks

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David Finckel here, cellist of the Emerson String Quartet, duo partner of Wu Han, Artistic Director, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Music@Menlo. I'm going to post a whole series of mini-cello lessons here that are going to be concise


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David Finckel here, cellist of the Emerson String Quartet, duo partner of Wu Han, Artistic Director, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Music@Menlo. I'm going to post a whole series of mini-cello lessons here that are going to be concise and hopefully really useful. Keep checking back as I upload more of them, from wherever I happen to be.

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