Beginning Cello

Practice for the winter concert on January 17, 2018 with a special playlist:

Find a link to the songs in the brown method book as mp3 files for free to download and practice with at home here: Beginning Strings Practice Files

Week 2 Cello-

Since I was sick on Wednesday, watch this short lesson video:

And download a practice sheet here: CELLO WEEK 2 PRACTICE SHEET

Week One Cello-

Dear Parents and Students-

I’m excited that you are starting an instrument here at Fairmount Park! This is our first week of lessons and I want you to understand the following principles that will help you progress on your instrument:

  1. Plan time this week when you will practice by using the sheet I gave you in class. By scheduling a daily practice time, just like you do for your homework, sports events and other activities, you can prepare yourself to actually do it!
  2. Find a practice space that is free of distractions, is well lit and use a chair that will give you the correct posture for your instrument.
  3. Practice for brief periods of time (10-15 minutes) every day. This will get you into a routine and avoid tired muscles, especially in the beginning.
  4. Be patient with yourself if you don’t get a certain skill right the first time.
  5. Record your practice time on the sheet I gave you in class. Have your parents initial the column when you are done and return the sheet to Mr. Pendergrass at your next lesson.*If you practice twice in one day, put a / in the box with a new time, minutes and skills practiced.
    Cello practice. Put the number of the skill you practiced in the column above labeled “SKILL PRACTICED.” Do skills 1-7 each time you practice and and at least three of the skills numbered 8-12 at each daily practice session. Remember to try and imitate what we did in class by listening and paying attention to the sound your instrument makes. Repetition is the key to success. You should be able to show me the skills on the back of this page you have practiced at our next lesson on October 4.SKILLS TO PRACTICE THIS WEEK:
    *means you must do this every time you practice

    1. *Point to and name the parts of your instrument out loud.
    2. *Point to and name the parts of your bow out loud.
    3. *Adjust the end pin so the cello is at the proper height for you when seated.
    4. *Tighten the hair on your bow.
    5. *Check to see that your left knee is hiding behind the instrument when you are sitting.
    6. *Make sure the neck and pegs are resting on your left shoulder.
    7. *Point to and name each of the strings with cello in playing position.

    Do at least 3 of the following at your practice session:


    1. 90 degree straight bow practice- hold the bow at the frog with your right hand and the tip with your left hand and place it on each string so that it is at a 90 degree angle to the bridge. Notice what it looks like from your perspective looking down on the bridge. Move it around from a 90 degree angle to not a 90 degree angle on each string to notice the difference.
    2. Right Arm Motion Practice- Hold the bow with the left hand at the tip, right hand at the frog. Glide the right arm along the bow from tip to frog and back. Do it on all four strings. And notice it how it feels and looks on each string. Don’t forget your 90 degree angle from from #8.  Do it 3 or more times slowly on each string.
    3. Basic bow grip- hold the bow in your left hand. Lift your left arm and let your right hand hang down loosely at the wrist. Bring the bow slowly to your right hand letting your loose fingers rest on the stick with your thumb near the frog. Second finger touches the silver ring. Thumb on the other side relaxed and bent.
    4. When your thumb starts getting tight, relax, shake out your hand and repeat #9.
    5. Show a parent the proper way to set a cello down when it is not in it’s case.





Some cello instruction videos you should check out: