Alex Simring Cello Tips
If music is what interests you and playing a musical instrument is your dream, then there is no time better than right now to pick up one. Other instruments such as the piano, guitar and drum may be more popular, but the cello continues to draw more and more new students and still remains a popular choice. Now, if this sounds interesting to you, it is necessary to first think hard and long whether you do actually want to learn this instrument or not. Keep in mind that learning to play the cello, or for that matter, any musical instrument, requires a lot of time and patience. You may want to hire a cello teacher to teach you how to play. These days, many people even try to learn playing a musical instrument by taking online lessons. There is no real substitute, however, for finding a great cello teacher and regular practise. Alex Simring will list some useful resources for learning how to play the cello is future posts.
Probably the best place for me to start is to outline a little bit about my own cello journey. I grew up in a musical household and there was always classical music playing in the background. I started playing the piano at the age of 4 and then went on to play the cello from age 5. I enjoyed playing music, so music lessons and practising were never a chore. My early piano teachers were not that fantastic, and so early on I never really took a strong liking to playing the piano. I went through the drill, learned to read and play music and gradually developed basic music skills which developed my ‘musical ear’.
Probably the most important factor in picking up and continuing the cello was my teacher. I was lucky enough to have a brilliant cello teacher and this is really what I believe what motivated me on my path. Finding a great teacher can be a difficult thing to do, in particular for an instrument like the cello. You need to find a teacher who is not only good at teaching, but is also a musician themselves. There is no point in finding a teacher who is a brilliant musician but has no interest in teaching students. Likewise, even if someone is a great teacher, if they don’t have musical skills themselves, you will never really get off to a good start. Since most people will be starting the cello at an early age, it is understandable that you are not going to go for the cello maestro! I think the best option would be to choose an aspiring cellist, but someone who hasn’t made it professionally…yet. You want someone who is young and ambitious – this energy is particularly important when starting a new instrument. You want someone who is talented and skilled. You want someone who is passionate about what they do – not just someone who is looking for some spare cash while they make their way through university. A real cellist, someone seeking a career as a professional cellist, someone who is actively performing as a soloist, in an orchestra or a quartet. This is the perfect person to choose, and the best place to find someone like that is go to the Conservatorium of Music.