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September 30th


Please purchase the following materials (rosin, case, books):



Liebenzeller Gold IV Cello Rosin Soft Grade       Larica Cello Rosin (purchase the "GOLD IV" )


Bastien Music Flash Cards      Bastien Music Flash Cards


Muller - Rusch String Method Book 1 - Cello             Muller Rusch -Cello Book


Solos And Etudes, Book 1 - Cello             Solos & Etudes - Cello Book 1


Suzuki Cello School, Volume 1 - Cello Part            Suzuki - Cello Book 1


             Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory - COMPLETE


D'Addario Helicore 4/4 Size Cello Strings (H511 4/4M)     Helicore 4/4 Cello String Set (medium) - most recommended


Start working on memorizing parts of the cello:



1) Playing Posture

While sitting on the edge of your chair, first unscrew the end pin knob
Pull the end pin out the appropriate length
Screw the end pin knob tight again
Bring the left hand over the bottom of the C-bout and push the cello forward to your leg
Then bring the LEFT HAND over the saddle located at the top of the body of the cello and your RIGHT HAND to the top of the C-bout. 
Lift the cello around the chair and dig the end pin into the carpet in front of the chair you're sitting in to place the cello between your legs

Your feet should be flat on the floor, and ensure your back is straight. You should almost be leaning into the cello a little bit. ( the cello should not push you backward)

 The neck should be on the left side of your head. 

The angle of the cello should be about a 45 degrees. The lower peg should be directly behind your left ear.

The bottom of the "C Bout" should fit into the knee area on each side of the cello



2) Fingers on the Finger Board

    - Remember to keep the palm of the hand facing the cello neck


    - Fingers should curved at all times and not flat when you press down on the string

      so the meaty part of the tip of the finger should make contact with the string.

    - The thumb behind the neck should line up with your middle finger.

    - The thumb should be curved behind the neck so your hand is making a "C" shape

    - When pressing your fingers down make sure that the thumb is mostly relaxed. Use

       the body for resistance against your fingers when pushing down & not the thumb.


3) Pizzicato (plucking)- Put the tip of your right hand thumb against the corner edge of the finger board and bring the tip of your first finger around to the top of the strings and pizzicato the C-G-D-A Strings. (Cats Go Down Alleys) the C-String is the fattest string)


4) Bowing

     - Take your ring finger and place it over the metal piece of the frog then take your

        middle finger and place right next to your ring finger. The middle finger should

        be touching the bow hair. Then roll your fingers down over the stick.

     - Then take your thumb and place it next to the the stick where it meets the frog.

        (your thumb should be slightly curved at all times)

     - Your pinky should come over the stick and be sitting over the eye of the frog but NOT necessarily be touching the eye.

     - Your index finger should spread out over the stick so it lays between your first

        and second knuckle

     - The fingers should fall straight down over the wood, like a waterfall and be very

       curved at all times.

     - The wrist should be straight.


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