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Cello Lessons: Performance Tips: Conduct Yourself

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Our body language when
we play the cello affects our sound a lot.
If we were focused only on playing
very relaxed with proper technique,
then everything might
start to sound the same.
If I started every note from the string,
all of our entrances to phrases
might get a little monotonous.
All this to say, it can be really
helpful to conduct yourself.
You know a conductor of
an orchestra always gives
a prepatory beat like [SOUND] bum.
It's always the character in
a conductors upbeat, the prepatory beat.
That dictates the character
of the upcoming phrase.
And so you can actually conduct
yourself as you play the cello, to
help your entrance be in character, and
to help set the tone for each phrase.
I'll demonstrate a little bit.
This is how I might conduct myself.
And now conducts the next entrance too.
Was a bigger gesture.
It's a small
gesture and so on.
And the quality and
scope of your gestures will change your
physical relationship as you
start creating your sound.
It really does affect the way you sound.
But more importantly,
it actually affects the way you feel.
And it really helps you be in character
before the sound even starts so
that everything that you play
is coming from the right place.