Get Ready To Learn The Cello TUTORIAL

By | January 17, 2023

Get Ready To Learn The Cello TUTORIAL

Get Ready To Learn The Cello TUTORIAL

Play tunes, read cello music and lay the foundation for good technique, all while having a good time.

What you’ll learn:

  • To play the cello part to Pachelbel’s Canon in D
  • What equipment you will need, and how to use it
  • How to take care of your instrument
  • Name the parts of the cello and know what they do/ how your instrument works
  • Play along to J.S. Bach’s ‘Minuet in G’, to a karaoke-style track
  • Develop vocabulary used by cellists of all levels of ability
  • Bow and pluck the strings
  • Read music written for the cello
  • Play Amazing Grace to a beautiful track
  • Discover how to stay injury-free and maximize the joy of working with your cello


  • No prior experience with the cello, or any other instrument, is necessary
  • This course is designed for complete beginners

What is GET READY TO LEARN THE CELLO?A positive, stress-free and flexible way to start learning the cello from scratch. Thoughtfully designed to give you a solid foundation that ensures the most important points are covered! Created by a teacher of adult beginners who saw a need for all of the common questions, concerns, and struggles to be organized and addressed in one place.What will I learn?By the end of the course, you will be able to pluck and bow the strings, play melodies and harmonies and read music written for the cello. You’ll learn how to name the parts of the cello and know what they do, how your instrument works, and how to take care of it. You’ll also find out what equipment you need for performance and practice, and how to use it. Perhaps most importantly, you’ll see how to stay injury-free and maximize the joy of working with your cello. Thanks to the video format, you can revisit any parts you missed, or go over anything you want to refine. What kind of time commitment is required?Good news, you can learn the cello AND still have a life! This is because you can choose how much time and energy to put into your learning. The goal is to learn the material without getting tense and stressed, and to achieve level of success with each lesson before moving on. It’s also to let the material sink in. You’re laying a foundation here, after all! As for practice time, about 30 minutes per day is enough time to get the cello out, go over the videos, and try a few things. Depending on your particular strengths and learning style, it may take a little more or a little less.Who is this course NOT for?This cello course is not for you if you are already have decent beginner cello skills, meaning you can already read cello music and you have a good technical ‘set-up’ with both the left and right hand.Do I need to purchase a book or sheet music?There will be sheet music provided, which you can print or read from your device.Do I need a cello to complete the course?You will definitely need one to get the most out of the course. Help! I don’t have a cello! How do I get one, and how much will it cost?There is more advice on this in Catherine’s “Meet the Cello” mini-course, which will become available in the first lecture of the course. It’s good to know now, however, that most people begin by renting a cello. This way, you can make a more informed decision (possibly with your teacher) when you are ready to buy. By then, you’ll also know if cello playing is something you plan to stick with, and whether or not making the investment is worth it.


Section 1: Welcome and Introduction

  • Lecture 1 Welcome and Introduction
  • Lecture 2 Putting the Cello Down Safely
  • Lecture 3 How to Sit
  • Lecture 4 The End Pin
  • Lecture 5 Holding the Cello
  • Lecture 6 How the Cello Works
  • Lecture 7 The String Names, and How to Tune (using a tuner)
  • Lecture 8 More Notes on Tuning
  • Lecture 9 Get Ready to Learn the Bow!

Section 2: Start Reading and Playing!

  • Lecture 10 Pizzicato Part 1: Setting Up Your Technique
  • Lecture 11 Pizzicato Part 2: Ideas for Practicing Pizzicato & the String Names
  • Lecture 12 Reading and Playing the Open Strings in the Bass Clef: Part 1
  • Lecture 13 Reading and Playing the Open Strings: Part 2
  • Lecture 14 Reading and Playing the Open Strings: Part 3
  • Lecture 15 Get Ready to Learn the Bow: Control Exercises

Section 3: Making Music

  • Lecture 16 Notes on Section 2
  • Lecture 17 Your First Tune! J.S. Bach’s ‘Minuet in G’
  • Lecture 18 Taping the Fingerboard
  • Lecture 19 Get Ready to Learn the Bow: Balance Work

Section 4: The Left Hand and Pachelbel’s Canon in D

  • Lecture 20 Changing Pitch with the Left Hand
  • Lecture 21 Set up Your Left Hand for Success!
  • Lecture 22 Pachelbel Notes part 2
  • Lecture 23 Pachelbel
  • Lecture 24 Pachelbel
  • Lecture 25 Last Pachelbel
  • Lecture 26 Final
  • Lecture 27 Section 4 Notes

Section 5: More on the Bow

  • Lecture 28 Body Mechanisms and Parts of the Bow- An Explanation
  • Lecture 29 More on Body Mechanisms
  • Lecture 30 Put it All Together- Try it With Me!
  • Lecture 31 Bow Angle
  • Lecture 32 Rhythm and the Bow, part 1
  • Lecture 33 Rhythm and the Bow, part 2
  • Lecture 34 Thank you and enjoy!

Adults who want to learn the cello from scratch.,Adults who enjoy working at their own pace,Adults who want to confidently handle beginner cello books and lessons.,Adults interested in a solid technical foundation.

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