Cello lesson with Paul Katz.

  • Where we place our feet on the floor affects our upper body comfort
  • Optimal chair height should allow knees to be lower than the hips
  • By moving our body left on a down bow, we  can transfer weight, power to the tip
  • All natural motion is a total body experience; do not isolate arm from body
  • Placement of feet affects freedom of motion in arms
  • Leaning left in the chair will increase power at the tip
  • How wider stance and a high enough chair gives freedom to move in the chair and freedom to the arms.
  • Feeling the indentation, “s-curve”  in bottom of the spine helps balance and support upper body and protects lower back from injury
  • Gain upper body support by wide, solid stance, connecting to the earth through the feet.
  • How moving gradually left in the chair during a down bow helps make a crescendo to the tip
  • Transferring weight to the tip to minimize pressing makes a more beautiful sound


The cello world thanks cellist Victor Sazer for introducing these concepts of “playing from the floor”, the steering the body through the feet, and finding a chair height that protects the lower back and frees the arms.
–Paul Katz

Our bodies continually provide us with information, yet we too often ignore or do not understand their messages.
–Victor Sazer

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