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Amateur Cellist’s Guide To Galaxy

Since my youth I’ve always wanted to play a music instrument. But, that little genes!!! That little genes in your cells can ruin your life. Music was the subject I felt most the lack of the good genes. So if you are a real cellist it is better not to hang out here too much. I’m an hopeless amateur, a late beginner…

Wow, every single word in the previous sentence is a sign of danger. Keep away, because I’d afraid to blunt your cello abilities. Who knows, maybe this incapableness has already diffused in this articles and waiting for victims.

This page is a quest in the world of music, more specifically cello. I have no target, I have not making plans to arrive some point. Because every time I handled my cello is another achievement for me. I’m just going deeper in this quest and really enjoying it.

 

 

Practicing at the Tip

tarafından 23 Eki 2012 de yayınlandı: English, Violoncello | 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 bowing era (I define this as an “era” because all...

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Cellist on Scale

tarafından 22 Eki 2012 de yayınlandı: English, Violoncello | 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, afterall it is a regular sequence of the notes,...

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Are You Strong Enough?

tarafından 19 Eki 2012 de yayınlandı: English, Violoncello | 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 must be able to distinguish normal wear with muscle...

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Learning from Mistakes

tarafından 17 Eki 2012 de yayınlandı: English, Violoncello | 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 changes the learning process entirely in this two...

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Chair for Cello

tarafından 8 Ağu 2012 de yayınlandı: English, Violoncello | 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 sit on very tip of the chair and keep my back...

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Practicing Room

tarafından 2 Ağu 2012 de yayınlandı: English, Violoncello | 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 possible.It is also important to have your cello at...

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Keeping the Cello

tarafından 14 Tem 2012 de yayınlandı: English, Violoncello | 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 your cello is susceptable to physical effects....

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Buying the Bow

tarafından 14 Tem 2012 de yayınlandı: English, Violoncello | 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 and may slow your reactions. A light bow may not...

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Keeping Tune and Time

tarafından 14 Tem 2012 de yayınlandı: English, Violoncello | 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 need is a tuner. Open cello strings must be tuned...

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Music Stand

tarafından 14 Tem 2012 de yayınlandı: English, Violoncello | 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 music stand and have it produced in Aduro...

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