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Cello, Bow, and YouIn Cello, Bow, and You, cellist, certified Alexander Technique teacher, and Local 802 (New York City) member Evangeline Benedetti has pioneered an approach to playing that is a synthesis of the cellist’s musical thought, knowledge of the dynamic properties of the instrument and bow, and ability to move effectively according to the mechanics of the human body and laws of gravity. She encourages cellists of all levels to be more aware of themselves and responsive, leading to healthier playing and greater musical expressiveness.

Cello, Bow, and You: Putting It All Together, by Evangeline Benedetti, Oxford University Press, www.oup.com.







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