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Learning the Cello, alone, help!
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Hello all, my name is Chris. I recently got a 4/4 black cello and have no one to help me learn it in my current area and I have very limited resources money wise. I am looking for some one who either knows how to play and can point me in the right direction or some one who knows of a few free resources to help get me on the right path. Thanks a lot for anybody willing to help! 

~Truley,

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So very nice to meet you.  I am new to Cello... barely know how to tune.  I am learning the notes on the D string right now from the Book Essential Elements.   I don't have a lot of advice, just wanted to say congrats.  There are some newer cello players here.  I love the sound of my cello... even when just bowing.  I haven't built the muscle in my hand and got my posture correct.  For that I wish I could at least have a a month of lessons.

 

Good luck!  I hope you get some help here.

Toni

 

****Folks I talked to Chris in chat... he is also a violin player.

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hey!  be sure to keep us in the loop with what you find out!

i have a daughter (11) that reeeaaallly wants to learn to play.  she's been fooling around on the violin as her elder sis & i are just starting to learn, but thinks her heart is still with the rich sound of the big brother!  :)

we were thinking of renting her one for a few months to start with and then perhaps getting her an electric (since space is limited and they're easier to store and less of an investment, initially) once she gets a feel for it. 

have either of you tried out a silent cello??

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sunshineb said
hey!  be sure to keep us in the loop with what you find out!

i have a daughter (11) that reeeaaallly wants to learn to play.  she's been fooling around on the violin as her elder sis & i are just starting to learn, but thinks her heart is still with the rich sound of the big brother!  :)

we were thinking of renting her one for a few months to start with and then perhaps getting her an electric (since space is limited and they're easier to store and less of an investment, initially) once she gets a feel for it. 

have either of you tried out a silent cello??

I have not tried one actually. I say that if she has her heart set on it then I would possibly let he try and find some one with a cello to let her play on it or see a music shop expert. I wish you good luck, im trying mine out today as I just got it! :D

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coolpinkone said
So very nice to meet you.  I am new to Cello... barely know how to tune.  I am learning the notes on the D string right now from the Book Essential Elements.   I don't have a lot of advice, just wanted to say congrats.  There are some newer cello players here.  I love the sound of my cello... even when just bowing.  I haven't built the muscle in my hand and got my posture correct.  For that I wish I could at least have a a month of lessons.

 

Good luck!  I hope you get some help here.

Toni

  That is so cool. I am learning my posture today as well, and my finger strength from playing guitar and violin is prety good but all could still use a bit of touching up. I will look into the book and see what I can find, I know its a good one as I have heard much about it. Thank you! <3

****Folks I talked to Chris in chat... he is also a violin player.

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are you still looking for help?

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@ fish.. are you now giving cello lesson's too?   facepalm

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nope, I got a beginner book from the library and thought we could all work on it together and share experiences. Trying to think of fun things to do as a community. To make the site more fun for all.

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Ninjikun and Rob! (and other Cello newbies)

Hi I just wanted to say ... I got my Cello book out today and put tape on my fingerings for the D String.  E, F# and G.   I need tape because of the stretch between the pinky and ring fingering. 

 

I played through a few pages of the Essential Cello Book.   I was bowing instead of Pizzicato, but I had fun.  I feel like I am on the way to  putting Cello practice into my Spring and Summer Schedule.  I played Mary Had a Little Lamb (gag)...but it is a start.

The book is teaching that G on the D-string is four fingers down. (I know block fingering is not Rob's fav.... )

How are you all doing?

Toni

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@CPO- it not not a fav..lol. I was surprised to find the fingering went 1, 3, 4 also. My big ol hands on this half size I could do 1, 2, 3.

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That one, three four thing is getting to me.  But I figure if I hang out a few weeks on the D string and the A string, I will get comfy...I hope.

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it should for sure. Im so happy for you your cello passion is back!

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Hi Rob.. I just had to get rid of some mental laziness and have some time to work things out.  And I am happy.   And my violin stuff is clicking good also.

Just in time to resume a few lessons a month in April! YAY

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I found this on youtube a while ago and watched a couple. There seems to be at least 14 lessons. If I didn't have violin, I would do cello. Maybe sometime in the future. Hope these help in at least getting started.

http://youtu.be/wd0E4SYjq18

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Nice video! I liked that exercise for the right hand to find a correct motion! Usful for the violin also!

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CELLO is SWEET!!! > good vid. And yeah all these techniques can be applied to the Viddle > CELLO >> SWEET!!!!!

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I've been wishing to learn cello for a while now.  I have this great desire to keep learning stuff ... even though I still feel I've failed 'violin 101'.  I just can't get it!  The voice of the cello is sublime.

Now my conscience tells me I shouldn't spend more money chasing another dream.  I have no income, just enough savings to buy it, and internet as a teacher.

I was very interested in the above video series, he seems to be a good instructor.  I will watch the rest of the series anyway, even if I never get to play the cello.

Yes, I will dream on ...

Good luck to those here who are having a go.  Would love to see some videos of your progress.  (Ninjikun, Rob and Toni)

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Robyn..you hardly failed...you might be ready to turn a corner with the violin

The cello... awh..I sure love it..but I got it at a time when I was ready for another level of violin..and I didn't know it..

So the Cello sits..and sits..and gets tuned...and I pay for it... (ouch) $$  I have been thinking of sending it back... ouch...

I can play songs on it..but just like the violin in the beginning I am sore after a bit.. like 10 minutes..tuning it is like wrestling ..holy cow...he is a big boy..

But now I play the violin for such a long time... and I am not sore..and I know that will come with the Cello also.   I think cello hands...moving up and down are SEXY!! ha ha..love that spidery look of the hands... hummm..what to do.

I might give these cello videos a shot.

I need to have my cello ready to use and have some time with him... I know he is neglected..he is not easier than playing the violin...BUT from DAY one with the Cello..you can just bow out beautiful sounds....no screeching....sounds like whale sounds...and there is a gift about that big boy.

Each day I say he leaves..each day I say he stays.. sigh..

:)

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Toni that sounds like a love story ... 'he' ?? So, what's his name?

And I agree about the spidery sexy cello hands ...

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Oh.. he is Mr. Jones.... (we got a thing.......heartheartheartheartheartheartheart

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