70 issues and another half a year!
Plus an insight on playing position!
This is the 71st issue of this neesletter, and it is the 1st of July. So it’s a good time to look back at the past six months.
But first, litterally, an insight on the playing position, on the video above, Sergey Malov is trying Alessandro’s Violoncello da Spalla and you can see how he uses the strap, very tight, so that the instrument is held in position by it very firmly, and you can see his left hand position, with the gap between the thumb and the neck.
We plan to publish more insight on Violoncello da Spalla technique soon, with the collaboration of some teachers and players in the field.
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Updates from our workshop
Alessandro’s viola has ribs and neck joint together, while I’m still on getting the perfect fit to glue the neck in the correct position. This week I completed the scroll and the pegbox, including my flowers logo on the chicken butt, or back of the pegbox. That is always time consuming, but I like that there is a piece of my story in each instrument I make. That logo comes from the little church in front of our home, from the shield of a family who got it in 1523 and later become related to the Augsburg family. And is probably the same Haffner family who helped Leopold Mozart to organize his first Italian tour and for whom Wolfgang wrote the serenade and the symphony. Isn’t this exciting?
Featured video of the week
Speaking of our first half of the year, let me share our video of the aria from Bach’s BWV 115 cantata. The Violoncello da Spalla here is the Wagner model made by Daniela in 2021, strung with gut and all single-wound basses.