rockstop? endpin cover? anchor? strap?

Whatever they are called, the device that prevents our endpins from slipping across any flooring is vital. You just can’t sound good if you don’t feel comfortable.

Each design has its use, and one of my personal favorites is the Stoppin – Large Endpin Rest. You of course have the typical and professional-looking Black Hole,  the using-a-bathmat option, and the technique that saves many: using an old belt. I usually have one tied on to my cello case just in case my endpin stop of choice isn’t working.

However, what I prefer for most of my students to use the is the Xeros Endpin Anchor. This has the most flexibility that I have seen, allowing me to even tie knots in it when I teach a 2 year-old. The reason I request this for my students is that it allows you to set the right length and takes the guessing out of “is my kids cello in the right place/endpin long enough?” fiasco we all dance with from time to time. This adds stability, security, and hopefully ends the cello posture fight that occurs in some young students.

All of my students that are in their first year studying with me are asked to secure this anchor, as it really does make learning this complicated instrument a little easier by taking out one of the variables.

Best part: a student didn’t want to spend the money on a real anchor, so they use a sequined belt. Fashion meets function!

My anchor Anchor


blog love: Stark Raving Cello

Sooo, I believe that each instrumentalist has similar personality types that identify with their chosen instrument. For example, surviving violinists tend to be a fairly organized, self critical and competitive. Bassists are laid back and jovial, violists are usually the truly odd ones, and then we have cellists. Obviously I am biased, however we seem to be somewhat introverted, helpful, and quite quirky (in understandably the best way.) no_its_not_a_guitar_bumper_sticker-rbe06d88d944d4c4c857725030239c4a4_v9wht_8byvr_512


One such splendidly unique cellist is Emily Wright, author of A Modern Cellist’s Manual and delightful blog Stark Raving Cello. Here Emily shares stories of her playing, studio, travels, and love affair with a cello that just wasn’t meant to be. I highly suggest visiting her blog for wonderful adventures and to find out what holiday Cellomas is.

Oh, and she has a great bumper sticker: