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< This CelloCelli tutorial shows how to get started with the Flying Pizzicato cello solo Bitterroot Prelude.

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Based on striking the strings one note at a time, and using lots of left-hand pull-offs and hammer-ons, Flying Pizzicato techniques and repertoire have developed hand-in-hand.


Whether you have basic, intermediate, or advanced skills as a cellist, you can start learning Flying Pizzicato right now. Unlike the Art of the Bow, there are only a few techniques and principles that Flying Pizzicato depends upon, mostly related to a continuous down & up motion of the right thumb and first finger, respectively.


Flying Pizzicato Lessons will get both hands working together, build your skills with basic etudes and simpler repertoire, and eventually lead to the fancy stuff like what's on my Flying Pizzicato CD


Once you have the basic principles in hand you'll be flying in no time!

Welcome to

Flying Pizzicato Lessons


Flying Pizzicato is an approach to strumming and plucking the cello that grew out of my quest to make deeply rhythmic music that bonds the emotional resonance and refinement of classical music with the roots of rhythm and improvisation.


I've been cultivating Flying Pizzicato for decades, sharing it in lessons and workshops internationally, and I teach what I've learned via skype and in-person sessions.


Contact me for more information about Flying Pizzicato lessons and workshops


Scroll down for teaching reviews.

“I am pleased to discover that you are not only a fine cellist and composer, but you are also an excellent teacher!”

- Dr. Ute Meyer, U.S. Consulate, Düsseldorf

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Workshop : Cologne, Germany

Workshop : University of Connecticut

Stephen as Teacher / QUOTES


Hi Stephen,

Thank you so much... for our time together on Thursday. It was an honor getting to work with you and I hope we can do more soon. In the meantime, I have lots to work on!

- Natalie Haas


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Hi Stephen,

Great classes yesterday! It's so great for me and the students to have contact with someone who has pursued a singular path, rather than trying to follow some perceived route to some, mostly imagined, conventional destination. There was alot of food for thought and experimentation on various levels, technical, musical, philosophical, and I really appreciate the openness to the students as people that came across so clearly in your way of interacting.  

- Jonathan Golove, Faculty, University at Buffalo


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As a teacher Stephen brings his considerable creativity and warmth into each session. Totally present and attuned to his students, he encourages them to explore their individual paths to artistic accomplishment and to have fun along the way.  To be Stephen’s student is to experience the delight of discovery, both artistically and personally.  Bright and witty, talented and playful, accomplished and approachable,  Stephen Katz is quite simply divine.

  1. -Gail V.


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Stephen is engaged, helpful, flexible, creative, encouraging, and overall a lot of fun to work with. The cello is an extraordinarily versatile instrument and Stephen helps open new dimensions to playing and creating that would have been difficult to find elsewhere. I cannot speak for all levels of students, but for adult beginners, I highly recommend Stephen.

- F. B. (Skype Student)

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