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By Joseph Mendoes

Playing by Heart

I love the phrase “playing by heart.” It sounds much better than “playing from memory.” To play by heart means to have the music living inside of you. To play from memory means to simply regurgitate stored information. So why is it important to play by heart? The answer is simple. When the music...

Thoughts on Technique and Music

When we practice, what is our goal? Is it simply to “get better?” What does it mean to get better? Certainly there are some purely objective standards such as intonation, smoothness, controlled bow changes, clean articulation, clarity, etc. Is the ultimate goal to play with a high technical standard? It is arguable that from...

You mean I have to practice?

Yes! But it it is not a prison sentence. Maybe you have heard of the 10,000 hour rule (http://gladwell.com/outliers/the-10000-hour-rule/)? After many years of reading a wide variety of biographies of famous musicians, I can hardly believe that it is true. Gladwell’s theory says nothing about prodigies such as Mozart, Mendelssohn and Korngold, who exhibited...

A Note for Beginners…

Starting to play the cello can seem like climbing Everest. There are so many things to try and remember! How to sit, how to hold the bow, how to play only on one string, where do I put my left hand fingers,the list goes on! However there are a few things that if overlooked...