How to use Cello Map


Cello Map is a practical resource for performers and composers.  Cello technique is described by actions relating to resulting sounds.  The resource is structured around actions, which are listed in the ‘Actions Index’.  Click on the headings in the actions index to see the relevant information. 


Wherever possible, I have tried to describe action and sound on continuous scales, in order to avoid isolating techniques as special effects.  Therefore, if you are searching for the answer to a specific question, you will have to generalise your search, for example, sul ponticello is found under ‘Plucking, striking and bowing the string: where’.  In order to help the reader do this, short summaries of the sections appear in bold under the headings.  It is also possible to search for a specific term using the search function at the top right of the page.


Each page is divided into two columns.  In the left-hand column is the basic information that describes the parameters of the action in question and perhaps some further, relevant details.  In the right-hand column are specific hints and tips, diagrams, videos and pictures that support the main text.


‘Acoustical Information’ often appears at the end of a section.  This repeats the basic information with more scientific detail and provides a basis for those who might want to undertake more in-depth reading in acoustics.       


The two compass symbols at the top left of each page take the reader back to the actions index and the homepage.


The content of Cello Map is constantly being updated and expanded.  We would like the readers to play a role in this by using our reader forum.  In the ‘Reader Feedback’ section of the forum, please leave your comments or questions relating to Cello Map and suggestions for further research.  In the ‘Literature Review’ section of the reader forum, we are trying to build the first ever comprehensive critique of guides to contemporary instrumental technique, and moreover to make the scope of this critique as wide as possible.  Please join in by giving us your reviews of the books and websites you know, and, if you live near Basel, come to the library at the Musikakademie where you will find all of the books in a special collection.