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Hello, I’m new cellist in this forum!
I would love to discuss about learning the cello!
English is not my first language, but I’ll try to do my best.
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.
I got my own (right size) cello 1 year ago. Well, actually it’s not my own, I rented it from our local musicschool. I went to a couple of lessons and practiced on my own. 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 teacher. I also started 100daysofpractice challenge.
Then corona 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.
I’m practicing La Cinquantaine from suzuki book 3 now. I love that piece! It’s simple enough but sounds great.
My biggest challenge is vibrato. It works quite well with all fingers in 1st position, but in 2nd, 3rd and 4th position I can do it only with some fingers. I really miss my teacher, because I know I need his help to solve this.
Youtube is my best friend, I have found so many helpfull videos there! I love Cellopedia, he has helped me with Dotzauer etydes. And Rachell Xu is my idol with suzuki-pieces.
@Ilona, My cello instructor switched to online lessons. I really had my doubts about it. We are using Facetime. He does Skype, too.
I find I am learning more this way. I can warm up until the lesson starts, and immediately reinforce what we went over in my lesson when we are done. This is because I do not have to pack up my cello and set it up and get started right into my lesson from a cold start. Since I am home, I can just continue playing when we are done.
I also am able to have a short table beside me with a notepad and I can stop and write down notes. I also have a copy of the music beside me and am able to mark it up easily, and then do my actual sheet music that is on the stand later. I cannot juggle a notepad on my lap and play cello in a lesson. This is huge help, to have the note taking ability.
I think another reason, and a big one, is because I am not playing directly in front of him. I cannot play in front of people and I am tense during in person lessons, where I am not with Facebook. I know, he is watching, but the fact that it is an iPad screen visit, makes a huge difference. I will not go back to studio lessons when it is possible again.
I am working with my vibrato, I will start a thread about my experience, what I was told, as I remember it. Sometimes it gets lost in translation from my lesson to home. We went over how to do that before COVID, so in person studio lessons. I will figure out how to word it and then post it in this learning cello section. I will start a vibrato thread
Maybe we can have a question thread and then start a thread addressing that question. That way what we are discussing will be able to be used more easily. Together, we CAN do this. I will start a thread called, Questions About Learning Cello now. We can just reply with one subject question per reply, if possible. That way no question should be missed because it won’t be buried in a reply with multiple questions. The discussion will probably get wonky and hard to follow eventually, but we can try to make it easy at first. It would be great to get the learning cello active.
By the way, I have a thread in the learning cello section with useful links and books somewhere. I will find it and post a link to it in the Questions About Learning Cello thread for you. I think it is buried in the forum somewhere.
So happy to have you in the forum.
I started the Cello Question thread,
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