Re: "What plays the Cello?"

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Posted by Ellie on May 19, 1999 at 20:38:50:

In Reply to: "What plays the Cello?" posted by Theo on May 16, 1999 at 05:14:54:

It's gotta be a combination! You couldn't very well play the cello with a brain, but no arms! And same goes for having a good pair of arms, but no brain!
It's true, your brain has a lot to do with things. Your brain is your imagination, as well as what keeps you alive, and what gives you the ability to move
your arms and fingers. It's also what lets you do the mathmatical type thinking needed to read and listen to music.
But I think your body has a lot to do with it too! The shape and build of your body is part of what gives you a distinct sound on
your cello. This is just a generalization, and of course not true in every case, but somebody with a smaller, weaker body might get a smaller, meeker sound..
while a big, strong person might get a louder, more forceful sound.
I know I've seen threads here in the ICS about the "ideal cello hand" or the "ideal cello body" well as how things like being left handed or right handed
affect cello playing, etc.
I guess it's training your brain to work with your body that is the real challenge!

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