Beginning Cello

LESSON TIME: WEDNESDAY 9:50-10:20

This is where you will get information about what to practice each week.

THANKSGIVING BREAK PRACTICE-

I know that many of you will be traveling over the Thanksgiving Break, but please try and get some practice in for the songs for our Winter Concert, January 16, 2019:

p. 7 # 13 On the Trail

p. 7 #15 Walking Song

p. 8 #18 Morning Dance

p. 8 #19 Rolling Along

p. 9 #20 Good King Wenceslas

p. 9 # 22 Lightly Row

p. 12 #33 Song for Christine

p. 13 #36 Dreidel

p. 14 #41 Jingle Bells

Lesson 6: 11/07/18-

Continue to practice our concert songs from the list below. Work on playing them at a faster tempo, or spend practicing places where transitions are tricky. Add “Lightly Row” and look at the notes on the A string on p. 10 and 11.  Does anything look familiar?

Lesson 5: 10/29/18-

Next week I will hear you play a song for me alone during your lesson. You can choose one of the songs from lesson 4 last week. I want to hear and see that you can play all the notes with the correct rhythm and a steady tempo. You get to choose the song, and the speed or tempo you want to play for me. The songs you can play are:

p. 7 # 13 On the Trail

p. 7 #15 Walking Song

p. 8 #18 Morning Dance

p. 8 #19 Rolling Along

p. 9 #20 Good King Wenceslas

I will be listening for:

  • Correct rhythms
  • Correct fingerings
  • Correct pitches
  • Steady tempo
  • Good tone (or sound)

Lesson 4: 10/24/18-

Now that you know how to play and finger and identify on the staff  the pitches E, F#, G, practice playing the following songs in your book with the recordings below (click on the title of the song to hear an audio recording like we did in class):

p. 7 # 13 On the Trail

p. 7 #15 Walking Song

p. 8 #18 Morning Dance

p. 8 #19 Rolling Along

EXTRA CREDIT SONG:
p. 9 #20 Good King Wenceslas

 

Lesson 3: 10/17/18-

Now that we know how to play notes on open strings, we will use our book to learn new pitches with help from a fingering chart and then play those pitches in short exercises or songs. Make sure you record your practice time each day in the chart at the front of your book. I will check this chart at each lesson and initial your time for the week.
Please Practice the following this week:

  • Start learning the exercises on pages 6 & 7. You will need to know where to place your fingers for the pitches E, F# and G on the fingerboard. Take your time to practice fingering each note carefully by using the picture of the shape of the hand at the top of the pageMemorize the finger to press down for each pitch. 
  • Refer back to the picture at the top of the page when things don’t sound right.
  • Then memorize where the pitch sits on the music staff- is the pitch on a line or a space?

Lesson 2: 10/10/18- CELLO LESSON Week #2-

watch video cello lesson

Lesson 1: 10/03/18- CELLO LESSON Week #1 Instrumental Lessons-