The wonderful cellist of 30+ years with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Joshua Koestenbaum reveals a trick he learned from a bio feedback expert while at Yale University...Continue Reading
These days the assumption warming up prevents injury seems to be a commonly accepted truth.
So why would Dounis, a master teacher, a medical doctor, a man with a reputation for successfully fixing physical problems recommend playing first thing in the morning without warming up?Continue Reading
The Dounis “Science of String Playing” is all about being loose and gaining confidence to play even the most technically demanding works.
Recently, I read a post on violinist.com which touched on the stresses of different playing situations. I thought I would share the Dounis cure for “stage fright”.
What causes performance anxiety or stage fright?
Dounis said the cause of performance anxiety is negative thoughts, usually about yourself. So he gave the following formula.Continue Reading
The reason Dounis can awaken your cello genius is because he can show you the root cause of your cello problems and how to solve them.
To solve a problem you must know the cause...
Would a doctor prescribe a medicine for a patient without first diagnosing the illness? Of course not.
So what is the cause of your cello problems?
The answer is simple...the basics.Continue Reading
The foundation of the Dounis method was reawakening your native instincts. He had remedial exercises for restoring those instincts and allowing the natural player to emerge...just like a prodigy.
Usually the first question is...
Can I play the cello like a child prodigy?
Yes, once your native instincts are reestablished, then the instrument becomes an extension of your body and not the other way around. Then you become a natural player, just like a prodigy.Continue Reading