2021 Technique Studio – July 16-18

The Technique Studio will focus on particular cello skills and will include troubleshooting sessions on particular pieces for different skill levels. This page includes information on the final schedules, faculty assignments, Zoom links and session music and materials. You should download and print out the handouts for the sessions you will be attending so that you have them handy during the class.

Schedule and Zoom Links

Click here for the final updated Technique Studio Schedule. Faculty are noted for each class. Please note that some titles of some classes may have been changed, but the substance is essentially the same.

Each day, all classes during Session #1 (1:00pm); Session #2 (2:15pm) and Session #4 (6:30pm) will be held via the Cellospeak Zoom link. This link has been sent to you individually by Constant Contact email. If you can’t find it, please contact us at info@cellospeak.org. Please note that all times are Eastern.

Please Note: Classes during Session #3 (4:00pm) on all three days WILL NOT BE ON THE CELLOSPEAK ZOOM LINK, but rather on individual faculty links. See the information below on Session #3 for the specific links.

Session Materials

Sessions #1 (1:00pm via Cellospeak Zoom) – Handouts

Friday July 16

Class #1 – RH – Articulated Bowings (Staccato, Spiccato, etc.)
Bob Battey
Articulated Bowings Handout
Variations from Sevcik

Class #2 – LH – Overcoming the Fear of Thumb Position – Nancy Baun
Thumb Position Class Outline
Thumb Handout 1 & 2
Thumb Handout 3
Thumb Handout 5
Thumb Handout 6
Thumb Position Resources

Saturday July 17

Class #1 – First Date with Clefs; How to Learn/Tackle Bass, Tenor and Treble Clefs
Camilo Perez-Mejia
Full Score

Class #2 – LH – Fingerboard Geography and Harmonics
Bob Battey
Fingerboard Geography Handout

Sunday July 18

Class #1 – RH – Tone Production and Smooth Bow Changes
Amy Butler
Tone Production Handout

Class #2 – LH – How to Tackle Triads, Arpeggios and Chords
Carl Donakowski

Chords – Fingerings for Root Position
Chords – Bow Stuff
Triads and Arpeggios

Session #2 (2:15pm via Cellospeak Zoom) – Handouts

Friday July 16

Finding the Right Cello, Maintenance and Accessories
Natalie Spehar & Katlyn DeGraw
Cello Essentials
(View in Acrobat to access the embedded links to products)

Saturday July 17

Exploring Differences in Pedagogy
Carl Donakowski
Pedagogy Handout

Sunday July 18

Varying Techniques for Different Styles of Music
Susanna Mendlow & Camilo Perez-Mejia
Shifting Exercise
Bach Third Suite Prelude Excerpt

Session #3 (4:00pm – via Faculty Links) Music and Handouts

To participate in Session #3 on all three days, you must log into the teacher’s individual Zoom link. Participants in the Intermediate Group – please note that you have been assigned to either Room 1 with Dan Shomper or Room 2 with Ken Law. Please make sure you are in the right group. Click the links below for the faculty Zoom links as well as the sheet music for each class. Note that Bob Jesselson and Ken Law have also provided several handouts for their classes.

Same Classes Each Day: Friday – Sunday

Session #4 (6:30pm via Cellospeak Zoom and YouTube)

Friday July 16

Progression of Repertoire for Cello Study
Nancy Spehar & Nancy Baun
Repertoire Discussion Outline

Saturday July 17

Habits, Your Secret Weapon
Katlyn DeGraw

Sunday July 18

Faculty Recital on YouTube
Faculty Recital Program
Concert Link to YouTube (one-time link at concert time)