No It's Not A Big Violin...

No it's not a big violin. No I don't have a body hidden in there. Yes I do wish I played the flute... not really... but prepare yourself to be asked these questions and more when travelling with your cello to perform around London.

The cello is a temperamental beast, but place the horse hair of your bow in exactly the right place on the string, draw it in the correct direction and at the best angle, and you will create a sonorous and beautifully voice-like sound.

To get to this point, daily scales, arpeggios, and a long list of studies are the cellist's bread and butter, but music does, and always should, come first. Finding a piece you love, a player you admire, or a composer you cherish will make learning all those notes all the easier and give you something to look forward to when opening your case and sitting down to play.

Of course to begin with, it may feel that rattling off the Bach Suites like Pablo Casals, or performing the Haydn Concertos like Jaqueline du Pre, is an impossible task. Give it time, patience and, I'm afraid to say, lots and lots of practice. However, and you will find yourself playing and performing as you never thought possible, and it is this that makes me so happy every time I welcome a pupil to my music room.

Lily Beatrice Cooper Cello Teacher (South East London)

About The Author

I am a young and enthusiastic cellist living in London, with vast experience in cello teaching and performance.

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