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Know Your Notes

What is that? One of the most important things you can do as a cello student in learning is really learn your notes. In the beginning, this can be a struggle, but I promise that it will increase the speed of your learning exponentially. The best thing is that you don’t even physically need to be by your cello in order to improve this skill.   Fingering means nothing If there is one downfall of a lot of the beginning…

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Where Can I Get That Song?

You hear a great song that you really love, either from the radio, a movie, or a show. You’ve probably listened to it many times, on repeat. The next thought might be, “How can I play this on my cello?” Here are a few resources that I find are super helpful. This post contains affiliate links. Click here for full disclosure Local Music Store Almost every town will have a music store relatively nearby. These are just great resources because…

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3.5 Positions

When learning about playing the cello, there is always the anticipation of learning a new hand position. It is exciting to have more options of notes to play and to be able to freely and easily move around the cello. However, I think there are too many method books, and music that emphasize what “position” you are in, rather than just learning if you hand is in this place you are going to be able to play these notes. So…

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How to Play: Rascal Flatts Bless the Broken Road

This post contains an affiliate link. Click here for full disclosure Hi there! Here's a new video about a few tips to help you play Rascal Flatt's Bless the Broken Road on the cello. I love this song for the message~ we all go through ups and downs in life and yet I believe we end up where we were meant to be. You can purchase the sheet music here: http://bit.ly/2E6l57U  and I really hope you give this song a try!…

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New Year New You || Are You Ready For It?

Happy New Year Everyone! Now is the time that everyone makes resolutions and decides to create a "new you" in the new year. I haven't made resolutions in a long time but instead I think about how I can spur myself on through the year and keep conquering the slumps we inevitably have during the year. I have some great plans for Cellomoji this 2018, and I hope you come along with me on this journey. Are there things you would…

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Easy Christmas Music

Happy Holidays everyone! Hopefully, everyone has been having a great time with good food, friends, family, and dare I say good Santa gifts? In the spirit of the holidays I have included free pdf versions of easy Christmas songs in the resource library. (Click here if you need the password!)These are great for all levels of cello players. All the songs are in first position and are in the easy keys of C, G, and D majors. I would love to…

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Music Gift Ideas

Wow~ time has flown and already the end of 2017 is near! Time to start thinking about gift giving to those music people you know! Here is my music gift ideas list. There has not been as many posts here as I've been starting to get into Youtube and posting some videos there. (Check out my channel and subscribe there too!) I've been performing a lot more and it's been exciting to incorporate traditional cello music as well as branching out…

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5 Apps to Help Music Students Go Back to School

Ah~ feel the excitement going back to school? Of course it still feels summer-like here with over 100 degree weather, but I love seeing all the back to school supplies in the stores. I thought this video about 5 helpful apps for back to school would be so helpful. Even though I am no longer a student I still use these apps in my professional life. I know there are many other apps out there that can be helpful! Please…

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5 Tips to Help You Learn Cover Songs

5 Tips to Learn To Play Cover Songs 1. Listen:  Listening to the song a lot is the first step. It seems like an obvious step~ but I am always surprised when the actual song is different than what is in my memory of the song. Have your instrument handy and you can try to pick out one or two of the notes then piece together how the melody line is structured. Learning a song by ear is one of…

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Learn to play “Our God” by Chris Tomlin

Our God by Chris Tomlin Cello Arrangement This post contains an affiliate link. Click here for full disclosure Learn to play Our God by Chris Tomlin! Here is the link to the sheet music that you can instantly download*. I've included a helpful video here with 3 tips that will help you learn this song. This is a great song with some awesome rhythmic beats and string parts! I'm looking forward to adding more sheet music and how-to videos to…

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