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Anonymous asked in Entertainment & MusicMusicClassical · 9 years ago

Swaying while playing Cello?

My friend sways while playing his cello. He says it feels more natural, but i look at yo-yo ma play in a video and he doesn't sway at all. Is it good or bad to sway? Thank you.

6 Answers

  • 9 years ago
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    You ought to sway some; otherwise, you won't be using the full dynamic range of your instrument. However, the huge, ridiculous ballroom-dance-type sway is simply a means for middle schoolers to show off to one another, and it actually detriments the quality of your playing.

    Of course, there are some people who simply play differently from most, but that doesn't make them bad musicians. Generally, lots of swaying is bad, but a VERY few people actually play better when they sway. It's far more common (and accepted) to lean over your cello a bit and move your head while playing to aid in dynamics and emotion.

    Basically, everyone's different, and if swaying helps your friend, then cool. But if it looks like he's about to fall out of his chair, then you have the right to snicker and possibly show him up in a cello battle.

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  • 9 years ago

    A certain amount of sway is natural, but too much might make it hard to control the bow.

    Some players "feel" the music better when they sway. No sway at all could make the player too rigid.

    Bottom line is, do whatever gives you the sound you want as a player.

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  • daws
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    There is extra track to be had for the cello. Pick the cello. As a cello participant, you will not consistently be relegated to the historical past, such as you might should you performed the viola. If you're considering determining the viola, you could as good rethink and cross with the violin, for the reason that it is a a lot more enjoyable tool to play. I'd council you to move with the violin, seeing that you can relatively revel in it if/whilst you keep it up and get well at it.

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  • DTKB
    Lv 6
    9 years ago

    I think it's a very personal response to the music and instrument one plays. Ray Charles used to rapidly sway from side to side when he pounded out songs on the piano. Andre Rieu, a famous Dutch symphony conductor and violinist is plucky and animated whilst playing the viol en, whereas other violinist are more stoic. Every musician---be it a pianist, guitarist, saxophone player, or cellist has their own personal style.

    Yo-yo ma does not send the standard on how other musicians should conduct themselves while playing any particular instrument. Go lightly on your friend. Playing the cello clearly moves him on many levels and there's nothing wrong with that.

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  • 9 years ago

    It's neither good nor bad, unless it's being done purely for show. If swaying feels natural to a player, that player shouldn't try to artificially make himself stiffer.

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  • 4 years ago

    Was interested in the answer too

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