1. Musical atmosphere is as important as the music itself. Every piece music creates its own feeling in the room, and it's our responsibility as performers to ensure that music's magic reaches our audiences as powerfully as possible.

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  2. In an earlier Talk I spoke of the importance of breaking your routines, so as not to become dependent upon them. In this Talk I tell a story from a Rostropovich class many years ago that made a lasting impression on me, and I also make recommendations of ways to practice that will help prepare you for the unexpected.

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  3. Fingerings is a big subject that can't be adequately covered in one Talk, but here are a few of my own ground rules, with examples.

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  4. Bad bow changes interfere with the music. Here's what to watch out for and how to change bow direction seamlessly.

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  5. "Octave rubs" is an exercise that I invented - as far as I know. It is helpful in gaining a sense of the geometry of the fingerboard, and for teaching the left hand to find the correct finger spacing for any location.

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David Finckel Cello Talks

David Finckel and Wu Han

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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