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October 2018

Getting to know your LININGS, RIBS and BLOCKS

 

Summary

A little video to help you get to know your instrument a bit better.

The parts talked about today are some of the internal parts of an instrument you probably have never seen (unless you’ve had a very bad accident with it or have been around when it was being fixed).

In many ways, there’s no need to know about them but I think they’re still useful to know a bit more about to be more aware of your instrument and also it’s condition.

There’s a huge range of instrument constructions (well huge may be an exaggeration, but there are several) which result in what, for the majority part, will look exactly the same by the time the instrument’s finished.

Some of these ways have implications for stability and maintenance but most are more just generally interesting to know and look for with instrument identification. Whilst that is a large and complex area I want to just give you some of the basic overview today.

 

Video summary

  • Linings for reinforcing the ribs and creating a better platform for plates
  • 2 main types of lining join to blocks
  • Lining buzzes are a pain
  • Rough constructional differences between Cremonese, Brescian classical making and German factory making
  • Fake blocks in German factory cellos

October 2018

How the BRIDGE affects your playing quality

Summary

We all know that the bridge is one of the KEY contributors to the sound quality on an instrument… but what is it that goes wrong with them, how does this affect your instrument and what can you do about it?

Good bridge maintenance will make a HUGE difference to the sound quality of your playing.

It’s amazing how much an instrument can “drop” in tone with bridge, warping/deforming or by being off angle and in many cases goes unnoticed. In practice, if it’s not identified as a bridge issue, many players will feel like it’s their playing that’s either gotten worse, or just not coming along as fast as they’d like in terms of their sound production.

I want to help get people more in tune with their instruments so they can separate in sound production, their playing contribution to sound production from that of their instrument and set up.

October 2018

How to Straighten and Adjust your bridge

Summary

My HOW TO guide to straightening your bridge!

October 2018

Da Spalla String Lengths

Summary

What size instruments are we talking about and what kind of range of string lengths do they range from?

Whilst the different position of playing a violin, viola or cello does not translate exactly to the feel of these measurements.

It is probably somewhere between the feel of a cello and a viola to give an idea

October 2018

What music is for the da spalla?

Summary

What music is for the da spalla?

Going about finding music written for the violoncello piccolo da spalla is a wide topic with lots of research and exploration still to be done. There will be much more to come on this in time !

October 2018

Da Spalla Differences between Italy and Germany

Summary

Treatise and imagery suggests that the instrument was around in Italy for 60-80 years prior to being commonly known of in Germany.

It appears in a new “form” that is an area of great contention for musicologists and later in the 1700s new names appear

October 2018

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