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Hello, my name is Ilona and I live in Finland. I’m 38 years old and play the cello. I have tried also violin but cello definitely is my thing.
I found this place when I was searching some tips to learn something new. Actually i found the Game of thrones group project first, and after that this forum. (And of course I joined to that project!)
It’s a little bit difficult to say how long I have played cello. My daughter started 5 years ago and that was when I first time touched cello. Of course her cello was too small for me, but I practiced with it anyway.
In January this year I decided I need regular lessons if I really want to learn something, so I made a deal about weekly lessons with my daughters teacher. I also started #100daysofpractice challenge. (So fun and VERY effective to practice every day. Results were huge!)
Then covid-19 came and ruined it all... Well, not all but I haven’t had lessons after that, so I’m again in that situation I need to figure it all out by myself. Luckily I got good advices before that.
So I’m here and allready found the place where to discuss about learning the cello. I will read posts and hopefully find something that can help me.
Welcome to the site! Enjoy your stay.
Thank you all! I’m so happy I found this forum. I feel like everyone here are very nice and helpful 😊
@ELCBK, I don’t listen so much folk music but I like Värttinä, which is maybe the best known Finnish folk music group. For example this song is one of my favourite. I also like Angelit, they sing in Sami language. I can’t speak Sami more than few words so I dont’t understand what they sing, but I like a lot of this one.
There several songs by Värttinä that I like! And several Sami songs, too!
I should have just asked you what music do you like to play on your cello?
I'm a huge fan of the popular Rock bands of the 70's and 80's. There are so many styles of music now, I have a hard time telling the difference between Alternative and Pop!
For playing with my violin (I have a 5 string - with the lower C), I probably lean toward celtic even though I enjoy playing songs from many countries - as well as many styles of music. Canada has me intrigued with their Quebecois Contra music and jazz.
One of my favorite artists (of recent years) is Cecile Corbel. I don't think I should link you to just one of her songs because her music is so very diverse - there are very few that I don't like of all her (7 I think) albums. She plays the Harp, but there is also violin and cello (as well as other instruments). She sings in several languages and is known for songs in Arrietty - a Studio Ghibli anime movie (your daughter may have seen).
Hope you enjoy the forum.
@ELCBK Wow, 5 string violin sounds really interesting. I have never seen any! 😮
About the music I like to play, I found a nice meme a couple of days ago. ”I can’t explain my music type, it’s just every song except the ones I don’t like.” So that’s definitely me!
I play mostly classical suzuki-pieces at this moment. The reason is very practical, I haven’t had any lessons since March but it’s easy to find good example videos for suzuki songs from youtube.
My husbands father loves the Beatles and he challenged me to learn some of their songs. I actually like them a lot. ”Yesterday” sounds really cool when played with cello and guitar!
I like also some movie hits, and we have played a tons of Disney movie songs with my daughter. She also loves Studio Ghibli animes, especially Kiki’s delivery service. And I love the music in that movie!
Ilona - The low C on my violin has definitely been a challenge to get it to sound like it belongs with the "rest of the family".
I understand what you mean about liking different music. I've really been struggling with how to describe what I like in music (and in art). It's overwhelming.
Sorry, I didn't see your Cello thread - until now.
I'm sure you will enjoy the next Group Project!