In Flight

Cello Moods #2: In Flight

Formation northbound
And out of the percussion
A floating feather

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A brief post for now.

Yes, it has been several years since I last opened this blog editor and filled it with cello-y things. I have continued to be very busy doing cello-y things, but lost my blogging mojo along the way. So here I am, hoping to regain that mojo. My chief motivation to reawaken The Cello Companion is to share with you a project (cellocentric of course) that my other half and I have been working on.

In short, it’s an antidote to the increasingly fractious, divided world in which we find ourselves. 16 short pieces for cello and piano, each a gentle journey into a sensory realm. No, we’re not suggesting our latest works are the key to world peace. Instead, they are brief opportunities to step out of the stressful now and enter whichever peaceful dimension unfolds through the music.

So, the following posts will present each of the tracks. I sincerely hope they have the soothing effect they’re intended to. If they do, please help us to spread them further afield. Email a video link to a friend who’s having a rough day. Share on your social media page and/or group. And please subscribe to our channel and like the videos.

New Sheet Music Released

I’m pleased to announce that I have released a digital score for my cello quintet arrangement of Schubert’s Andante from his piano trio no. 2 in E-flat major. Having made a recording of the arrangement (also available to buy), I should probably warn in advance of the trickiness, especially in parts 1, 3 and 4. Suitable for advanced cellists – grade 8 and above.

The score will be emailed to you within 24 hours of your payment (usually much sooner than that). If you buy the score and recording together, the recording will be available immediately after paying. Payment for both options is through PayPal, for which you don’t need an account – just follow the link under the login section to make a secure debit/ credit card payment.

Tina Guo Performing Works by the Cullens

Last month one of my favourite cellists did me the enormous honour of recording a couple of compositions by my husband and me for fun. The cellist was none other than Tina Guo. For those who haven’t come across her, she is a multi-genre cellist and composer. With her effortless technique and intense musicality she is equally well established in the classical, film music and rock/ pop arenas. As a classical soloist Tina has performed with the San Diego Symphony, the State of Mexico National Symphony, the Thessaloniki State Symphony in Greece, the Bari Symphony in Italy, the Petrobras Symphony and the Barra Mansa Symphony in Brazil, and the Vancouver Island Symphony in British Columbia. In non-classical, crossover and media music settings she has performed in a solo capacity alongside Hans Zimmer for the premier of his Inception score, performed and recorded as a featured guest with the Jazz/Fusion Miles Evans Band, performed at the Grammy’s with the Foo Fighters, at the MTV Movie Awards, American Idol,  at Comic Con in San Diego featured on the electric cello in the Battlestar Galactica Orchestra, and with Brazilian guitarist Victor Biglione in a Jimi Hendrix Tribute Concert at the Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janiero. Tina is currently the featured soloist on the electric cello in Cirque Du Soleil’s Michael Jackson “The Immortal” World Tour, an international all-arena tour spanning from 2012-2014 and currently the highest grossing tour in North America.

The two pieces recorded were ‘Sakura’ and ‘Better Tomorrow’ – both for cello and piano. Since Tina is currently on tour and living in hotels, she has a very basic (but effective) recording set-up, and her ‘practice cello’ – a student instrument which can be thrown about in the gear truck. Without access to a piano or pianist, I sent her my piano tracks from the original recordings. In spite of the technical limitations, the results are pretty magnificent!

Purchase sheet music for 'Sakura'

Purchase sheet music for 'Better Tomorrow'

The Cello Companion Shop

Running a busy cello teaching practice means that I am constantly sourcing instruments, bows, accessories, sheet music and recordings for my students. To save myself a lot of time, I have created a one-stop cello shop which I can send them to, and which I hope will prove useful to all of my UK-based readers too. The shop is still under construction, but already has many items in all of the above mentioned categories. I should stipulate at this point that I am not selling these items myself, merely acting as an agent. Everything in the shop has been selected from Amazon UK, and therefore comes with their consumer protection and guarantees as well as their secure online payment.

Below you will find links to each of the shop categories.  Happy browsing!

Instruments & Bows

Cellos

Student Cellos (4/4)
Student Cellos (7/8)
Student Cellos (3/4)
Student Cellos (1/2)
Student Cellos (1/4)
Student Cellos (1/8 & 1/10)

Bows

Student Cello Bows (4/4)
Student Cello Bows (3/4)
Student Cello Bows (1/2)
Student Cello Bows (1/4 & 1/8)

Accessories

Cello Cases & Gig Bags

Cello Rosin

Cello Stands

Cello Floor Units and Seats

Tuners and Metronomes

Cello Accessories & Gifts

Sheet Music

Cello Repertoire:

Bach – Bloch
Boccherini – Britten
Bruch – Debussy
Delius – Faure
de Fesch – Haydn
Hindemith – Kodaly
Klengel – Mendelssohn
Prokofiev – Ravel
Reger – Sammartini
Schumann – Vivaldi
Vivaldi – Walton

ABRSM Material:

Cello grades 1 – 5
Recordings grades 1 – 5
Aural grades 1 – 5
Practical musicianship grades 1 – 5
Theory grades 1 – 5

Cello grades 6 – 8
Recordings grades 6 – 8
Aural grades 6 – 8
Practical musicianship grades 6 – 8
Theory grades 6 – 8

Cello Studies: Easy to Intermediate

Cello Studies: Intermediate to Advanced

Cello Methods – Young Players

Cello Methods – Adult Learners

Books

Cello Books

Recordings

Classical Cello Music (Downloads & CDs)

Other Cello Music (Downloads & CDs)