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There's a community of adult beginner cellists on YouTube and Instagram, but I don't know of any forums.
(I'm not a cellist, though, so I haven't looked very hard. That said, as a violist, I've noticed that violists mostly seem to glom on to violin forums, including on Facebook.)
I actually find it surprising there aren't more cellists here -- the cello is probably the easiest string instrument to learn as an adult as it doesn't require the contortions needed for violin and viola and isn't as unwieldy as a double bass. It's common in community orchestras for the majority of the cellists to have started as adults while virtually all the violinists and violists started as young children.
Hello, @Mouse . I purchased a cello through Fiddlerman to followup a really nice violin that I got from his shop. I am currently taking lessons but am a newbie on it. I have found some good videos on you-tube but not so much on live forums, as you noted. I hope we can find an expert or 2 to participate here!
Fellow Cellist here.
A convert from the violin, I purchased the FM Artist Cello and love it. I'm new to it and have been playing since last Fall. A good friend of mine is a Violin teacher and we both decided to enter the world of bass clef.
So far so good. Made it though Suzuki book 1 and just now diving into book two. Second position is coming up. I've been including some simple folk tunes but mostly following the suzuki book repertoire. My son plays violin so we've been looking for some fun simple duets too.
I am currently looking for an instructor as well. Someone to check in once a month to give advice on technique, break bad habits and advise on practice. Otherwise youtube is a pretty amazing tool. I have found two good people to watch.
Drawn to Baroque and Folk (hope to sit in with our local Contra Dance band one day)
Nice to see so many who are cross-overs! I love both violin and cello. @Mouse, best of luck with your cello learning. I found I definitely need adjustments and to break bad habits on the cello, perhaps being so large there is more room for error. I have finished the first Suzuki book with my teacher, and we have also been using a Piatti book which I find really good. I too am just learning 2nd position.
Aha, I am thinking we may have more cello contributors to the group projects now. That would be excellent!
Hi @Leaviathan welcome!
I'm new to the cello too but feel free to ask anything and share your struggles and triumphs. Very friendly and supportive group here.
Also, noticed your intro post with mention to Cape Cod, I'm up in NH not far away and just left Wellfleet last week from vacation. Lovely area.
One way to find a group or an instructor is to ask around schools with music programs or music stores with a good strings selection. Often times if they don't have someone there that offers lesson, they know who to point you too.
I had to drop off cello for a bit. My right thumb was giving me fits. I tried holding the bow like a bass but that was just wrong. So I put the cello away for a while. You are right Cid, there really are no friendly cello sites out there. Fiddlerman stepped up to the plate when he started these pages. I hope you will continue causing them to expand. It's fun seeing all the cello talk.
One of the very easy pieces to learn to play is an old country 3/4 time tune called "Four Walls", very celloey, sad tune using very few different notes.
@Mouse I would love to hear about your progress with left thumb activity. I am just in the process of learning vibrato and my left thumb has to be much lighter/not touching even. I start to think about this too much and then my left thumb is winging way out west and nowhere near the neck, which is bad also. Any hints are appreciated.
There are some really good Cello resources out there, FM's site is very helpful. Also, one of my favorites is Jonathan Humphries areas in youtube, web, sound cloud and musescore to name some of his areas he has a presence. Sarah Joy is another good one, and Gnu Cello has a huge collection of well shot Cello vids as well. There are many others, these are just a few that came to mind.
Hope this message in a bottle helps someone,
Hi Mgbode and welcome!
I also enjoy checking out Jonathan Humphries and Sarah Joy.
Most impressive IMHO is David Finckel whose done a one time series of 100 very short (2-5 minute) YouTubes.
Mgbode, what's your relationship to cello? Beginner - pro? Somewhere in-between?
My Fiddlerman cello is about two months old so you can figure where I stand