Cello Technique

Cello Technique

Principles and Forms of Movement
Gerhard Mantel, foreword by Janos Starker, translated by Barbara Haimberger Thiem
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 08/22/1995
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-21005-0
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An analysis of the physics and physiology involved in playing the cello. For performers, teachers, and mature students.

Author Bio

GERHARD MANTEL is Professor at the Staatliche Hochschule für Müsik, Frankfurt, and a noted concert artist. BARBARA HAIMBERGER THIEM teaches cello and is artist-in-residence at Colorado State University.


“An analysis of the physics and physiology involved in playing the cello. For performers, teachers, and mature students.”

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Janos Starker
Translator’s Note

Part One: Goal-Directed Movement
I. On Controlling Movement
General Issues
Goal Conception
Control of Movement
II. The Physics of Movement
Energy and Mass
Energy Reserve and Looseness
III. Movement As Gestalt
Movement in Space
Movement in Time

Part Two: The Fingerboard
IV. Position Change
Total Body Movement during Position Change
Rotation of the Body and the Leg Muscles
Elasticity of the Body
Breathing and Position Change
Bow Direction and Position Change
Portamento and Rhythm
Movement of the Left Arm during Position Change
Movement of the Hand and Fingers during Position Change
Finger Activity during the Anticipatory Movement
V. Placement of Fingers, Hand, and Arm Within One Position
Hand and Position
The First Four Positions
The Transitional Positions (Fifth to Seventh)
The Thumb Positions
String Crossings and Double Stops
VI. Movement Within the Hand
The Trill
VII. Vibrato
Vibrato as a Means of Expression: Frequency and Amplitude
Vibrato Movement of the Arm
Application of Vibrato
Vibrato and Pitch Level

Part Three: The Bow
VIII. The Bowed String
How Is a Sound Produced on the String?
Change of Volume: Pressure, Speed, and Contact Point
Sound Colors
Speed, Pressure, and Contact Point in Their Practical Application
Problems of Sound Production: How to Make a String Speak
IX. Transmission of Pressure to the String
Arm Weight
Moment of Rotation (Rotational Force)
Pressure Relationships in the Bow Hand
Holding the Bow
Slanting the Instrument
X. Movement of the Right Arm
Upper Arm and Forearm in a Whole-Bow Stroke
Hand and Finger Movements during a Whole-Bow Stroke
Bow Change
String Change
Simultaneous Bow and String Change
XI. Different Kinds of Bow