It's no secret that I love Halloween. Fall is such a beautiful time of year anyway, but in addition to the crisp air and brilliant foliage, I always look forward to making costumes, carving pumpkins, and dressing up.
And screeching and howling on my cello!
For years now, I have been using Halloween as a reason to introduce extended techniques to my young beginners. I like pushing the boundaries of sound production on the cello, and I revel in the fact that the beautiful cello can also sound gross and scary!
For me, cello is a way to express every human emotion, not just the pretty ones.
The kids really seem to dig Spooky Sounds, so I thought I would share them with you too!
Still want more? Check out these articles that delve more deeply into the dark realm of extended techniques:
And a treat...
We were not allowed to film any of our concert, but here's a video of the piece that we made this week to share with you: