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Practicing at the Tip

Bu tarafından 23 Eki 2012 bölümünde yayınlandı. 0 yorum

Practicing at the Tip

As I told in this article, you must be fit enough to play cello. Because cello playing needs usually different muscles you use in your daily life. You may be a strong person, but this doesn’t mean you are fit enough to play cello.   [nrelate-related]   As an adult learner, in your daily life it is hard to devote an hour for cello practicing. And when you achieve that, you have to use that hour efficiently. If you get tired easily, playing cello is not fun, believe me. During my...

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Cellist on Scale

Bu tarafından 22 Eki 2012 bölümünde yayınlandı. 0 yorum

Cellist on Scale

I was determined not to repeat the basic informations which Google gives a million search results. But I realized that to give my journey in music as a whole, I must write everything without exceptions. So here is our next article with the most popular image you can find in a cello related source.     Now this is two octave C Major scale and the very first thing you must accomplish in order to play some real music. Well, everybody says so. At first glance the scales seem to be easy,...

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Are You Strong Enough?

Bu tarafından 19 Eki 2012 bölümünde yayınlandı. 0 yorum

Are You Strong Enough?

I’m not a body builder but I can say that I’m not a weak person either. I can carry rather heavy packages, put them on the shelves above etc. But soon I learned that, being a good shape doesn’ t related with playing cello will be hurt-some or not. [nrelate-related]     I had problems especially on my right arm. A typical cello bow weights 80g – 85g but holding it a while causes pains on my upper chest and arm. First few months my problem was that. To overcome this pains you...

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Learning from Mistakes

Bu tarafından 17 Eki 2012 bölümünde yayınlandı. 0 yorum

Learning from Mistakes

While trying to tell an unknown, I usually get help by comparing it to a more known subject. Sometimes I’m using the driving analogy to explain learning cello to an adult friend.   [nrelate-related]   I guess we can easily say that learning cello is similar to learning to drive. Both of them requires different movements for both arms, a certain position of sitting, concentration. Both requires repeating every new thing again and again. But there is one significant difference which...

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Chair for Cello

Bu tarafından 8 Ağu 2012 bölümünde yayınlandı. 0 yorum

Chair for Cello

Well, as you may noticed already, cello is playing while seated. So, it is safe to say that, sitting on a chair is a part of playing which effects the end result. One of the easiest way of being a better cellist can be achieved by sitting correctly.   [nrelate-related]   Since sitting posture is important, the chair is also important. My first lesson with cello was with a student at a College of Music and the first thing he showed me was the sitting posture on a chair. He told me to...

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Practicing Room

Bu tarafından 2 Ağu 2012 bölümünde yayınlandı. 1 yorum

Practicing Room

Practicing cello demands high concentration, and you can not do it well in a common room with family members. If you have possibility, it is important to have an inviting practicing room and routine, so you will look forward to your practicing time. [nrelate-related] Create a well-lit, welcoming spot for yourself with a room for a chair and a stand which stay there permanently. It wouldn’t be practical if everytime you have to carry them. Try to practice everyday and at the same time if...

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Keeping the Cello

Bu tarafından 14 Tem 2012 bölümünde yayınlandı. 2 yorum

Keeping the Cello

Do you realize that cello is not a tiny instrument to store under your bed? I brought my first cello to home without a stand. For some weeks I kept it inside its’ softcase but it is neither practical nor safe. Then I started to search for a stand to use at home. I think one of the better ways of storing cello at home is this kind of stand: This stand carries the cello at scroll. Its’ height is adjustable so I adjusted it to support at endpin also. Although this stand is nice, nevertheless...

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Buying the Bow

Bu tarafından 14 Tem 2012 bölümünde yayınlandı. 0 yorum

Buying the Bow

While telling others how excellent one instrument sounds, one fact usually is forgotten: Bow. The bow strongly affects the sound of your cello. An expensive bow doesn’t always mean a better one, because you must add the cello to equation. So, while choosing a bow you must try them with the particular cello you’ll use. [nrelate-related] While trying, keep trying. The more you try, the better your choice will be. Bow must be balanced and fit your hand nice. A heavy bow makes the sound duller...

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Keeping Tune and Time

Bu tarafından 14 Tem 2012 bölümünde yayınlandı. 0 yorum

Keeping Tune and Time

So, you find a teacher, you have a cello, you have the bow. What else do you need? Books? Yes, you definitely need books, but I want to talk about it in a future article. I want to talk about other gadgets you’ll need in your cello life. Before spending money on something, ask your teacher first. He/She may give recommendations and if you are lucky give some spare parts on the list. [nrelate-related] Tuner: If you are an adult beginner and never studied music before, the first thing you’ll...

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Music Stand

Bu tarafından 14 Tem 2012 bölümünde yayınlandı. 0 yorum

Music Stand

For an comfortable practice you must definitely have a music stand. Putting your practice book here and there may be a cheaper alternative but believe me it does not work. Being comfortable while studying is one of the key-points of an effective study. [nrelate-related] After I begin to use a music stand, even my study times gets longer. My first stand was this Hercule unit. This is foldable and easy to carry. It can hold even heavy books, so it is a good buy. Later on I designed a custom...

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Rosining and then Cleaning

Bu tarafından 14 Tem 2012 bölümünde yayınlandı. 0 yorum

Rosining and then Cleaning

You need rosin in order to get sound from your cello. Otherwise the hair on bow would slip on the strings without producing a sound. So, rosin is a definite part of cello playing. Some say rosin is rosin; others believes some make improvements. No matter what you believe, you need one. My first rosin was Gustave Bernardel and it was nice. Afterwards while searching in the web I see that people are suggesting Magic Rosin. I tried it and it is nice also. So which one is better? I don’t know....

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Scheduling Practice

Bu tarafından 14 Tem 2012 bölümünde yayınlandı. 0 yorum

I will tell you straightly, learning cello is like learning a new language on top of skates, at the same time learning skating. You have to mentally connected to what you are doing while at the same time doing physical activity. Keep muscles doing the job in a relaxed mood, and your eyes must follow the tunes while your both hands do different jobs, and moreover you have to be aware if all these muscles are aching or not. This is a lot of bandwidth for your brain and to accustomed it you need...

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Trying with Left Hand

Bu tarafından 14 Tem 2012 bölümünde yayınlandı. 0 yorum

“Ok, now I’m changing my bow hand, trying it with left hand…”   I heard this phrase from my cello teacher Yiğit Tan a dozen of times. Whenever I had a problem with holding the bow, he tries to fix it and at the end saying this phrase passes the bow to other hand. No! He is not doing this to free his right hand, and punch me in the face. [nrelate-related] Learning an instrument like cello in the adult age is quite a challenge, and the worst thing happens to an adult student is,...

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Buying Your First Cello

Bu tarafından 13 Şub 2012 bölümünde yayınlandı. 0 yorum

Buying Your First Cello

First of all, I hope this article is not your only decision maker. I mean not only this page, but if you solely rely on what you read on web, you’ll regret this is in the future. So the first thing you must do is to find a teacher. Even if you aren’t working with a teacher, you must find an help to choose a proper cello. This help may come from a professional cellist, an orchestra member or a person who is teaching. [nrelate-related] This is especially important if you are...

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Look What I have Found

Bu tarafından 7 Şub 2012 bölümünde yayınlandı. 0 yorum

Look What I have Found

I usually use vintage or old fashioned gadgets in my home and hobbies. My camera is an analog one which nobody uses anymore; in my hi-fi system consists of tube amplifiers which are ignored by technology-lovers; I still use turntables and the list goes on. But there is no need to reject the technology. It is a good think when you have the control over it. I was looking for a audio recorder to use in my cello studies. When talking about this a friend mentioned about this device and even more...

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Importance of a Teacher

Bu tarafından 7 Şub 2012 bölümünde yayınlandı. 0 yorum

For an adult starter the sole most important thing is the teacher. Some beginners tend to ignore this fact and believe that they can give a try without one. Well, let me say this: Learning a cello is not similar to learning to drive. You can not notice the errors you make immediately, and by time that errors will be your true. And when finally you notice it, the amount of effort to fix it will be several times as much.   So, if you are a beginner stop searching the cellos in your price...

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Learning Cello

Bu tarafından 3 Şub 2012 bölümünde yayınlandı. 0 yorum

Learning Cello

After years my friends get used to fact that spending my time to different hobbies. But even the ones most familiar to this situation, stop for a minute and ask ” Hey, you mean cello?” when they heard I started learning Cello.   The only thing I know is, since my youth I was eager to play a musical instrument. I feel that this is kind of magic. Think, playing some melodies by looking to some figures on piece of paper. This is like a man who can’t read, emulating on other...

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