What would you do if I handed you a $100 bill?
I once had a student who started cello lessons with me when he was 5 years old, and he LOVED the cello. He loved playing the cello, he loved practicing the cello (as soon as he woke up-at 5am! Much to his parents’ dismay). But he had this weird thing he did–He only used about 3 inches of bow–ever (probably due to the fact that he was trying not to wake his parents up!). And every week he would come into his lesson, sad about his lack of tone, and I would say “Use your whole bow! Use more arm weight! Yes!!!! Just like that! Do it again! Terrific! Okay. Practice this piece like that, with big bows, and you’ll always sound like that”. And he would leave his lesson super excited about knowing exactly what to do to get that great big cello sound he was after. And then he would come in a week later, using only 3 inches of bow, and sad that he sounded so wimpy. And we would repeat the cycle. Continue reading