About Evie Coplan

Evie Coplan is a cello teacher at The London Cello Institute. She has a passion for sharing her love for the cello with adults who play for their own pleasure. She is also an enthusiastic performer both in solo and orchestra format.

Can I Teach Myself The Cello?


Anyone has the ability to learn the cello but the journey will be far smoother and more fun with the right tuition. The cello is not an easy instrument to learn and technique is very important in order to be able to play with ease and create the sound you desire. Having a weekly lesson with the same teacher will ensure you are on the right track and they will be able to evaluate your progress week in week out which is fundamental to getting to a good standard. Online Videos Many students arrive at their first lesson at the LCI [...]

Can I Teach Myself The Cello?2022-08-16T11:21:25+01:00

Overcoming Performance Anxiety


Performance anxiety can manifest itself in many different ways through physical and psychological symptoms which can potentially negatively affect a performance. Performance anxiety can be crippling to a musician if it isn’t addressed properly and can deter people from playing their instrument. No matter what your level of experience, one can still have issues with performance anxiety, therefore this article aims at helping you identify more mainstream levels of anxiety pre performance and the more excessive symptoms you might experience. Performance anxiety can be eased by implementing pre performance activities and lifestyle changes that will help you perform at your best, [...]

Overcoming Performance Anxiety2022-06-30T15:12:32+01:00

Refining Your Practice Technique


When you first start learning the cello, the idea of practice can seem rather bewildering; where do I start? Do I keep playing everything over and over again? How long do I need to practice for? These are often questions I get asked by students in their first few lessons which is understandable given this is a completely new skill. However, even more advanced students sometimes need help in making their practice the best it can be. This article is aimed at all of you that need either basic practice, more detailed advice to take your playing to the next level [...]

Refining Your Practice Technique2022-03-18T10:03:37+00:00

Ear Training – What Is It And How Important Is It When Learning The Cello?


If you are completely new to music, you might be wondering what ear training is. When we learn a musical instrument, we also have to train our ears to listen to what we are playing in far greater detail. The most common reason people start cello lessons is because of the sound of the cello and how that affects us as humans. Therefore listening to the sound you are making and being able to tell if a note is in tune or not is very important. Ear training will teach you how to listen and what to listen out for, and [...]

Ear Training – What Is It And How Important Is It When Learning The Cello?2022-02-03T19:45:35+00:00

A Beginners Guide to Cello Maintenance


If you’ve just begun learning the cello you might not realise that cellos require a certain amount of maintenance. Some of the more regular maintenance you can easily manage yourself, but some of the more serious and less frequent maintenance will need to be done by a luthier. Rosin Build-up Most people are very surprised to know that you need to wipe the rosin off your strings before and after playing. Naturally, the strings get a layer of rosin build-up that needs to be removed as it affects the sound (which becomes ‘fuzzy’). You won’t need to worry about this so [...]

A Beginners Guide to Cello Maintenance2022-01-19T19:23:25+00:00

Buying your cello and all the other accessories


So you’ve got your cello and you’ve booked your first cello lesson… but do you need anything else? It’s not always obvious what you may need before starting your cello lessons so. This article aims to break down everything you need to know before starting your lessons and go through all the other things you may need besides a cello. Cello Most people have absolutely no idea where to look to get their cello, and understandably so. For a student cello it’s best to go to a trusted string shop where you can purchase a well made new cello. I would [...]

Buying your cello and all the other accessories2021-11-30T11:47:37+00:00

Online teaching and its role in the post pandemic world


During the pandemic, online lessons were the only way of carrying on with cello lessons. At first, many people saw this as a mediocre version of an in-person lesson and that they weren’t getting the proper experience of learning the cello. However as the pandemic continued to make its way around the world and we could see that this wasn’t just a short term solution, we began to get the most out of this online experience. The benefits of online lessons were outstanding and proved this could be an extremely valuable way of learning the cello. Most of the students at [...]

Online teaching and its role in the post pandemic world2021-11-30T11:46:00+00:00

An insight into studying at the London Cello Institute


This month we’re going to look at how current, enrolled students find studying at the London Cello Institute. We’re going to delve into exactly why the London Cello Institute is so successful with its students and what it’s like to study there. The aim of this article is to resolve any queries you may have and to get a clear insight into studying at the London Cello Institute. Clearing Up Those Apprehensions… As adults we often have apprehensions about starting anything new and investing time and money into it. Often we don’t allow ourselves the luxury of starting a new hobby [...]

An insight into studying at the London Cello Institute2021-10-22T23:56:50+01:00

What do I do in between cello lessons?


So you have made the exciting decision to start cello lessons! that’s a great step but you may wonder what you should do in between your lessons. Most people choose to have lessons once a week so that leaves you with a whole week to practice everything your teacher has set you; this can seem rather daunting at first but don’t worry, we will break it down. When you first begin your cello journey, you want to aim for at least five or six, twenty minute practice sessions a week because it’s all about little and often practice at first to [...]

What do I do in between cello lessons?2021-05-12T09:46:57+01:00

Do you have to love classical music to play the cello?


People believe you have to love classical music to play the cello but is this really true? For some people, classical music is not ‘their thing’ and this can deter them from learning instruments like the cello which can appear stuck in their classical roots. The cello was developed during the sixteenth century in Italy and it’s first major composition was the Bach Cello Suites, a collection of masterpieces that the instrument is renowned for, so it comes as no surprise that one immediately thinks of classical music as the genre most frequently associated the cello. The classical cello repertoire is [...]

Do you have to love classical music to play the cello?2021-06-03T14:05:52+01:00


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