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Friedlander explains pizzicato cello album

Famous jazz cellist Erik Friedlander has explained why he decided to mostly do away with the bow for his latest album, The Broken Arm.

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According to the New York Times, the American musician told an audience at Brooklyn club Barbes that he was inspired to write new pizzicato music for the cello by jazz pioneer Oscar Pettiford, who took up the cello in 1949 when a broken arm left him incapable of playing the double bass.

He went on to use the instrument in a number of his recordings and continued to blaze a trail for the use of plucking in jazz music.

On his website, Friedlander claims that he came up with own pizzicato sound by watching double bass players perform.

"Most of my pizzicato approach is taken from watching jazz bass players work," he remarked.

"I work to get a full, healthy sound and to use an aggressive rhythmic approach."

Pizzicato lessons featuring Friedlander are available on YouTube.

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Posted on 31 Mar 2009 14:47 to category : Band / Celebrity News

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