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Cello Lessons: Practice Tips: Contrary Motion While Bowing

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When playing really long melodic bows
on the cello,
it can help to move your body and
the instrument in the opposite direction.
So if I'm taking a big down bow,
I'm gonna actually push off of my
right foot and lean to the left.
And I'll reverse that for
an upbow, I'll lean to the right.
And you can actually use your knees.
With no hands, you can change the cello.
And this contrary motion really
helps sustain in particular,
it helps you increase the sound
at the tip of the bow
by pushing against the bow in that way.
So with this piece,
if the bow isn't too regular,
you might get a little seasick
rocking back and forth.
But it's an important motion
to become familiar with and
experiment with,
sort of leaning side to side and
you'll see every great cellist
will do this to a certain degree.
And, yeah, I just wanted to let you
know about this in case you didn't
already explore contrary motion,
particularly in long, beautiful melodies.