Are you interested in learning to play the cello? Looking for a solid foundation? You've come to the right place! The overall aim of this course is to show students how to look after a cello, what's involved in taking lessons, and to have the skills to handle beginner cello books, lessons and coachings, and/or learning 'by ear'.
Included are three fun background tracks to to play your newly-learned notes to! Using photos, text, audio samples, and over 45 minutes of instructional video, the course provides you with a wealth of carefully considered material, presented in a logical sequence that makes the perfect precursor to starting a "beginner cello" course.
- Finding an instrument (no matter where you live or if you are on a budget)
- Equipment and Care
- The basics on how to use both your body and the instrument to make sound
- How notes on the staff correspond to the instrument
- Left hand placement
- "Pizzicato" technique
- Common cello and music-specific language
1) Free entry into 3 mini-courses to get you reading music:
- The Very Basics of Note-Reading ($40 value)
- Note-Reading, Level 2 ($40 value)
- Reading Rhythm, Levels 1 and 2 ($80 value)
HI! I'm Catherine. I'm a classically-schooled cellist with Master's degree in music performance. I love expressing myself through music and I'm fascinated by everything it has to teach me. I'm a freelancer who performs with professional orchestras, chamber ensembles, in the studio, on film, and of course, on stage. I'm also a teacher and consider myself a student of many things. I absolutely love the idea that anyone can learn anything if they have a good teacher and a good attitude. I know it's true because I have experienced it myself! Most of my classmates at university started private cello lessons even before going to school. At nine years old I got started playing cello in a school violin program and I didn't have a cello teacher for years. But with hard work, determination, and some awesome teachers later on, I was able to become the professional I am today.
I'm excited to share my knowledge, to learn from you as well, and to find creative ways to help you on your musical path.
Welcome! See you in class!
StartWelcome and Introduction (1:35)
Start1: Finding Your Cello
Start2: The Anatomy of the Cello
Start2a. Anatomy Practice
Start2b. Anatomy Matching Game!
Start3: Essential Equipment
Start4: How to Use and Care for Your Cello
Start5: Taping the Fingerboard for Left Hand Placement (Important for Lesson 5)