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Being A Good Section Cello Player

You Made It! You are playing in an orchestral section. First of all, congratulations! There are so many cello players out there, but YOU are part of the section. It doesn’t really matter if it is a paid position or not, being part of an orchestra can be a thrilling experience. Here are a few tips that I feel are really important to remember when you are part of an orchestra. This can vary slightly based on different circumstances, but…

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Book Review: The 10 Habits of Highly Successful Women

This post contains some affiliate links. Click here for full disclosure statement here Keep It Simple but Relevant I admit this to actually being a second draft. I recently just finished the book The 10 Habits of Highly Successful Women by Glynnis MacNicol and Rachel Sklar. At first, I was going to talk about important points of each “episode” in the book. Then going over it I realized that no one would want to read all of that AND the book,…

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7 Practice Motivation Tips

I Don't Feel Like It We all go through times when the last thing we want to do is practice our instruments. I always feel the hardest step is taking the instrument out and actually sitting down to play a few notes. Sometimes it helps if you have a looming deadline to perform. But here are a 7 Practice Motivation Tips to help you feel more inspired to practice and get better no matter what the situation may be.  …

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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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