Member Perks Overview

Members – as well as Faculty – enjoy exclusive access to the educational materials listed on this page, which are intended to help improve skills and enhance the joy of playing the cello. Just click on the blue buttons to access the restricted pages.

Faculty are automatically considered members and do not need to join to have access. Others – if you are not yet a member, please JOIN HERE.

Cellospeak Faculty Technique Videos

Members and Faculty may click the button below to access technique videos recorded either directly by Cellospeak faculty members or at Cellospeak events, including our virtual Studio events and our in-person summer workshops. In several cases, written handouts are also available for download. The cello technique video presentations accessible from this page are for the exclusive benefit of Cellospeak members and are not available anywhere else. The full-length videos cover a wide range of topics such as achieving fluid playing, exercises for the bow hand, accurate shifting, cello fingerboard geography, preparing for performance, mastering scales, vibrato and much more. Please read more about our Faculty HERE.

List of Videos Available

PRACTICE STRATEGIES

Bob Jesselson – Practically Perfect Practicing (2020)
Amy Ward Butler and Dan Shomper – Strategies for Practicing (2021)
Katlyn DeGraw – Habits – Your Secret Weapon (2021)
Nancy Baun and Natalie Spehar – Progression of Repertoire for Cello Study (2021)

BOW TECHNIQUE

Katlyn DeGraw – A Balanced and Fluid Approach (2020)
Carl Donakowski – Lifting the Veil on Comfortable and Expressive Cello Playing (2020)
Jorge Espinoza – Bow Warm Up Before Playing (2020)
Bob Battey – Articulated Bowings (2021)
Amy Ward Butler – Tone Production/Smooth Bow Changes (2021)
Carl Donakowski – Hooked Bow and Tremolos (2021)
Ken Law – Ins and Outs of String Crossings (2021)

LEFT HAND

Bob Battey – Unifying Theory of Fingerboard Geography (2020)
Lynne Beiler – Scales Bootcamp (Or How I Learned to Love F# Major) (2020)
Amy Ward Butler – Vibrate Without Fear (2020)
Camilo Perez-Mejia – Warm Up Like A Singer! (2020)
Alan Saucedo Estrada – Secrets to Shifting (2020)
Nancy Baun – Overcoming Fear of Thumb Position (2021)
Camilo Perez-Mejia – First Date with Clefs (2021)
Bob Battey – Fingerboard Geography and Harmonics (2021)
Carl Donakowski – Triads, Arpeggios and Chords (2021)
Katlyn DeGraw – Chromatic Notes and Incidentals (2021)
Bob Jesselson – Shifting Techniques and Guidelines (2021)

STYLE

Irina Tikhonova – Lesser Known Russian Pieces (Chanson Triste) (2020)
Susanna Mendlow and Camilo Perez-Mejia – Techniques for Different Musical Styles (2021)

PERFORMANCE

Nancy Baun – Community Orchestra Music (2020)
Jihea Choi – Spotting Elementary Techniques for Intermediate-Advanced Pieces (2020)
Susanna Mendlow – Beating Stage Fright: Tips to Keep Your Cool (2020)
Camilo Perez-Mejia – Time Signatures and Dealing with Changes (2021)
Nancy Baun, Louise Butler, Natalie Spehar – Strategies for Sightreading (2021)

SPECIAL TOPICS

Gary Fitzgerald – What’s Going on up There? (2020)
Ken Law – Cello Music of African American Descent (2020)
Katlyn DeGraw and Natalie Spehar – Finding the Right Cello, Maintenance and Accessories (2021)
Carl Donakowski – Exploring Differences in Pedagogy (2021)
James Jacobs – Holst’s St. Paul Suite Jig: History, Influences and Insights (2021)

Dorothy Amarandos’ Cello Chops Videos

These five videos, titled “From Twinkles to the Swan and Beyond“, were recorded at the Cellospeak 2012 Ensemble Workshop, They showcase the individual cello pedagogy of our founder, Dorothy Amarandos, which she always referred to as “Cello Chops.”

List of Videos

  • Lesson #1 – Left and Right Hand Basics – Sitting with the cello •Left and right hand basics; arm positions •Bow position and distribution •Bowing variations – Twinkles etc. •String crossings •Vibrato
  • Lesson #2 – Positions and Shifting – •Shifting gymnastics to 2nd, 3rd and 4th positions •Order of flats and sharps •Extensions •Scales •Cello geography
  • Lesson #3 – String Crossings and Bowing Patterns – •Bowing exercises for big and small  string crossings •Bowing techniques, lifted and double bows •Playing chords •Shifting styles •Chords and bowing patterns for Bach’s 1st Suite Prelude
  • Lesson #4 – Keys and Clefs – •Circle of 5ths •Major and minor scales •Extensions •Harmonics •Triads and arpeggios •Tenor clef •Legato bowing – Kol Nidre
  • Lesson #5 – Upper Register and Thumb Position – •Wrist movement in small bows •Shifting to upper register •Treble clef, octave jumps •Thumb position – The Swan •Advanced bowing – Sammartini, Breval and Lalo

Member Holiday Gifts

Each year, Cellospeak typically sends Cellospeak members a special ensemble score and parts, often specially arranged by Gary Fitzgerald. All of the member holiday gifts may be accessed and downloaded on a special member-only page.

List of Member Gift Arrangements

2011 Quodlibet (Fitzgerald arr.)
2013 Blessed is the Man (Bach)
2014 St. Anthony’s Chorale (Haydn)
2015 Prepare the Way (German Folk Tune)
2016 5 Cello Pieces for Tone (Handel and Bach)
2018 Fugue (Faure)

Cellospeak Arrangements

All of the arrangements specifically commissioned by Cellospeak for all-cello ensembles are now posted on our website. These include 50 arrangements by Gary Fitzgerald, with significant assistance in several instances by Sheryl Smith, as well as a few other pieces by other composers. The arrangements, which are in downloadable pdf format, include scores as well as all individual parts. All rights are reserved by Cellospeak; the arrangements are free to download, but may not be sold or further distributed.

Gary Fitzgerald Arrangements

2013 Bach, Johann Sebastian – Chorale, “Blessed is the Man” Cantata BWV 57 (Holiday Gift) (4 parts)
2014 Bach, Johann Sebastian – Fugue in D minor BWV 539 (5 parts)
2014 Biebl, Franz – Ave Maria (5 parts + 3 solos)
2011 Bruch, Max – Ave Maria (6 parts + piano)
2011 Corelli, Arcangelo – Sonata #1 – 4 Movements (5 parts)
2015 Delius, Frederick – Elegy (8 or 16 parts)
2015 Doane, William – Pass Me Not (8 parts + voice)
2015 Dvorak, Antonin – Rondo (8 or 16 parts)
2015 Grieg, Edvard – Suite “From Holberg’s Time”, Op. 40 – Praelude (5 parts + 5 solos)
2013 Hahn, Reynaldo – Le Rossignol des Lilas (4 parts)
2014 Haydn, Joseph – St. Anthony Chorale (Holiday Gift) (4 parts)
2011 Hill, Patty – Cellospeak Birthday Quartet (4 parts)
2017 Holst, Gustav – St. Paul’s Suite Intermezzo and Finale (5 parts)
2020 Holst, Gustav – St. Paul’s Suite Jig  (5 parts)
2011 Holst, Gustav – Thaxted (5 parts)
2009 Joplin, Scott – The Easy Winners (5 parts)
2012 Kabelevsky, Dimitri – Largo from Concerto No. 1, Op. 49 (8 parts)
2015 Lalo, Edouard – Cello Concerto, 3rd mvt 8 2011 Mahler, Gustav Symphony #1 –  Scherzo (5 parts)
2015 Marquez, Arturo – Danzon No. 2 (16 parts)
2009 Mendelssohn, Felix – “Italian” Symphony, Mvt 2 (5 parts)
2011 Mozart, Wolfgang – Overture to The Impresario  (5 parts)
2011 Mozart, Wolfgang – String Quintet in C, mvt 1 (5 parts)
2011 Paganini, Niccolo – Witches’ Dance Round (1 part)
2015 Piazzola, Astor – La Muerta del angel (16 parts)
2015 Piazzola, Astor – Milonga del angel (16 parts)
2015 Piazzola, Astor – Resurrection del angel (16 parts)
2015 Popper, David – Hungarian Rhapsody (5 parts + solo )
2016 Puccini, Giacomo – The Humming Chorus (from Madama Butterfly, Act II) (5 parts)
2015 Rachmaninoff, Sergei – Priidite Poklonimsya (Come, let us worship), op. 37 #1 (8 parts)
2015 Rachmaninoff, Sergei – Vocalise  (4 parts + solo)
2015 Respighi, Ottorino – Adagio con Variazioni (8 or 16 parts)
2014 Rimsky-Korsakov, Nicolai – Flight Of The Bumblebee (8 or 16 parts)
2016 Schubert, Franz – Symphony No. 5, Mvt. 1 (Allegro) (5 parts)
2009 Stephenson, Mark – Prelude (5 parts)
2015 Strauss, Richard – Beim Schlafengehen (4 Last Songs – #3) (5 parts + solo)
2015 Stravinsky, Igor – Suite Italienne (3 mvts) (8 parts)
2010 Tchaikovski, Piotr – A Rococo Conversation (different from the Variations) (5 parts + 5 solos)
2011 Tchaikovski, Piotr – Pas de Deux – Harp Double (2 parts)
2018 Tchaikovski, Piotr – Souvenir de Florence – 1st Mvt., 2nd Mvt. Adagio, and Finale (8 parts)
2011 Tchaikovski, Piotr – Turkish Drinking Song, Op. 50 #1 (4 parts)
2014 Tchaikovski, Piotr – Variations on a Rococo Theme, op. 33 (16 parts)
2015 Thompson, Randall – Alleluia (5 parts)
2011 Traditional – Christmas Quodlibet (Holiday Gift) (4 parts)
2015 Traditional – Prepare the Way (Holiday Gift) (4 parts)
2016 Traditional/Britten – The Salley Gardens (5 parts)
2015 Vaughan Williams, Ralph – Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (5 parts + solos)
2015 Vitali, Tomaso/Silva, Luigi – Ciaccona (5 parts + solo)
2014 Warlock, Peter – Capriol Suite, Mvt. 1 Basse-Danse (5 parts)
2018 Whitacre, Eric – Sleep (8 parts)