Cello advice

Refining Your Practice Technique

2022-03-18T10:03:37+00:00

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?

2022-02-03T19:45:35+00:00

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

2022-01-19T19:23:25+00:00

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

2021-11-30T11:47:37+00:00

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

An insight into studying at the London Cello Institute

2021-10-22T23:56:50+01:00

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?

2021-05-12T09:46:57+01:00

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?

2021-06-03T14:05:52+01:00

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

Do I need my own cello to start learning and how might I go about getting one?

2021-04-29T17:14:06+01:00

Before you begin cello lessons you will need to find your first cello which is a fun and exciting journey as this cello will be your companion for many hours! You will need to be able to bring your cello to your lessons and then take it back home to practice in between your lessons. Don’t worry if you don’t know if your cello is ‘good enough’ for your first lesson, your teacher will tell you if they think it’s necessary to change it and most people have many different cellos throughout their playing life until they find their perfect one. [...]

Do I need my own cello to start learning and how might I go about getting one?2021-04-29T17:14:06+01:00

Do you need any musical experience to start learning the cello?

2021-03-22T07:05:28+00:00

Many adults often express their anxieties about starting to learn the cello because they don’t have any musical experience, however learning to play the cello is a journey that you take with your teacher and they will guide you through all the processes so there is nothing to worry about. The fear of the unknown of the world of music can often seem daunting if you have no musical experience but do not be put off making that first step of starting lessons because you will never regret doing it because the ability to play a musical instrument is incredibly rewarding [...]

Do you need any musical experience to start learning the cello?2021-03-22T07:05:28+00:00

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

2021-03-10T13:51:40+00:00

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?2021-03-10T13:51:40+00:00
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