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Cello Practice: Thumb Position

Cello Practice: Thumb Position Thanks for watching our video on thumb position! Thumb position is a great way to expand how many notes you can play in a given hand position, and is all but essential for playing up high on the instrument. Playing the cello is far from a trivial pursuit, but it is…

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Cello Technique: Spiccato

Cello Technique: Spiccato Thanks for watching our video on the spiccato/sautillé bow strokes! These are essential ways of getting short sounds out of the cello, in contrast to the long, or legato, playing that we typically start with. Playing the cello is far from a trivial pursuit, but it is also an immensely rewarding experience…

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Cello Posture Peg by Linda West

Cello Posture Peg by Linda West Thanks for watching our video reviewing this posture peg made by Linda West, based out of Santa Barbara, CA. I finally tried this out a few years ago after seeing it pop up around some orchestras, and after getting kind of annoyed that the low c peg always got…

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The Book of Pieces for the Cello

The Book of Pieces for the Cello Thanks for watching our video on the Joy of Music, a book of virtuoso and entertaining pieces for the cello! I had a lot of fun looking through this book, and there’s definitely some nice challenging pieces in there for the determined intermediate to advanced player. Playing the…

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Fantastic Finger Guides – Product Review

Fantastic Finger Guides Thanks for watching our video reviewing the Fantastic Finger Guides! Without frets or any visual reference, learning where to place your fingers on the cello and how to change positions has always been down to muscle memory, and occasionally dots or stripe tapes for beginners. Now, Fantastic Finger Guides has a product…

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Shifting to Second, Third, and Fourth Positions on the Cello

Shifting to Second, Third, and Fourth Positions on the Cello Thanks for watching our video on shifting to second, third, and fourth positions on the cello! One of the biggest road blocks I’ve noticed with early beginners is trusting shifting to different positions. And yet very little music can be played without this indispensable component…

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Caring for the Cello: Humidity and Weather Control

Cello – Humidity and Weather Control Even relatively mild heat can actually melt the varnish on top of the instrument, or even the glue holding the instrument together. Similarly, too much humidity, or a sudden absence of humidity, can cause either similar disassembly or parts of the cello to crack. And not to mention a…

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Cello Posture & Instrument Position

Cello Posture & Instrument Position Thanks for watching our video on cello posture! In this video, we take a closer look at a topic from our very first cello video. Cello playing position is important to get right, both so that you have the right mechanical advantage to play cello well and so that you…

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How to Play Thunderstruck By AC/DC Like 2Cellos

How to Play Thunderstruck By AC/DC Like 2Cellos Overall, this is a medium level difficulty piece, which means that it will come with challenges, but is accessible at most skill levels with enough time working it out slowly. In this video I show you all the main parts, with useful tips on how to play…

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How Much Does a Cello Cost?

How Much Does a Cello Cost? Thanks for watching our video on cello pricing, good brands, and finding a beginner cello! It’s important to understand pricing so you don’t end up paying more than you need to in the end. Hopefully, the information is helpful to you, and we’d love to hear any comments or…