Everyone knows the old joke about how to get to Carnegie Hall. “Practice!”
But what about all the musicians who dedicate years of their lives to practice and still never overcome physical tension, stage fright, memory lapses, and poor intonation? Is top-level cello performance a mysterious gift that only the lucky few can hope to attain?
This provoking new book takes away the mystery. In Cello Practice, Cello Performance, cellist Miranda Wilson demonstrates that what happens in a high-stakes performance – a recital, a competition, an audition, an exam – is a direct reflection of what has happened in practice.
Too many cellists set themselves up for concert-hall failure through inefficient practice. By contrast, the comprehensive practice methods in Cello Practice, Cello Performance equip advanced cellists with strategies for performing in the practice room, practicing performance, and becoming their own best teachers.