What is the course about?
Develop your cello playing in a relaxed and supportive environment.
What will we cover?
- Reading music in bass clef
- Bow control and distribution
- Correct left hand position and fingering in 1st position
- Learning how to play in tune
- Playing in the most natural and relaxed way to take care of your posture
- Listening skills for playing solo and ensemble.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Play simple tunes on the cello with a good relaxed posture and correct technique in each hand
- Read and play music in bass clef
- Produce a pleasant tone and play with good intonation
- Play in ensembles
- Play on your own with confidence.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for those who have been learning the cello for at least one term, and know the basics of cello technique and reading music in bass clef. You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English and engage in class discussions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Classes are taught through tutor explanation and demonstration, group playing and individual practice (please bring your own instrument). Sessions will also include class discussion, aural skills and theoretical study.
A regular practice routine is essential to make progress (ideally at least 20 minutes a session, 4 times per week).
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring your own cello, bow, rosin and case, as well as a pencil and notebook. If you do not yet own a cello,
you might consider hiring one. Many music shops offer a good hire or hire-purchase scheme or you can see our blog Where to buy music and instruments for more details.
You will need to purchase Kathy & David Blackwell, " Cello Time Joggers " Book 1 (around £9), which you will use throughout Level 1. The tutor will recommend further music as the course progresses.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This course leads to Cello 1C.
You may also be interested in Musicianship courses, which support general musical development.