Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Petting the dog



By way of explanation: Michael Tuchman says that his teacher likens the bowing in this excerpt from the Webster Scherzo (Suzuki Bk 3) to petting a dog. OK, mystified. Here's what my bowing looks like. Would definitely not pet a dog this way. Waiting hopefully for full video elucidation.

8 comments:

Celloluv said...

Scratching the dog!!

gottagopractice said...

Scratching I would be willing to cede. Somehow I don't think that's what he meant, though.

CelloGirl said...

well...if you slowed it down, you would be petting a dog. At that speed..it is scratching the dog.

Looks great on though!

A. Hiscock said...

I thought of scratching the dog, too, behind the ears, or the back of the neck. Kind of ruffling the fur, with the movement coming from the elbow, not by scrunching the fingers...

Michael Tuchman said...

I will try to get video elucidation this weekend. The the right of the cello, and at slower speed it makes sense.

What are you using to make your videos? Do you compress them before sending them online?

gottagopractice said...

I use the simplest of video setups, recording with an old Canon PowerShot/Elph sitting on a table or music stand at fairly high resolution, then compressing the file in Windows Movie Maker. I import the file, drag it to the timeline, and save the movie using the standard video for broadband setting. Nothing fancy, but the size is usually 1-3MB afterward, easily tolerated by YouTube or Blogger. I do have a lot of light in my practice room (3 lamps, 7 100W bulbs) and that helps with the video quality.

Terry said...

Or maybe like the dog's rapidly kicking back leg when she's being scratched.

Cello Mama said...

Wow, my teacher used "pet the dog", too, but for a very different technique (for the Bach/Brahms repetitive string crossings).

I don't see that as petting the dog, either. Weird.