Utilizing “The Chop”

Putting It Into Songs Music is such a magical thing. You can create completely different sound worlds simply by changing articulations. Or you can conjure up varying emotions by adjusting the technique by which you produce effects and sounds or a combination. It is this new-found rhythmic technique in "The Chop" that I wish to … Continue reading Utilizing “The Chop”

Krakow: Chopping on the Cello

"Krakow" by Stephan Braun With this etude, in Contemporary Etudes for Cello, it gets serious. The chopping element begins to sound like a real tool for effect. While Kill the Bugs by Mike Block was a fantastic piece that introduces one to the world of chopping and the basic elements that pertain to it, the music was meant to … Continue reading Krakow: Chopping on the Cello

Chopping: Basic Patterns

Who would have thought that making a scratching noise would be so hard to coordinate. It probably took me three months before I felt like I had incorporated this skill into my bowing technique. Although it is still not second nature it sounds quite good and consistent now. The first couple of months were not … Continue reading Chopping: Basic Patterns