The ABC of Cello for Absolute Beginners

Beloved by millions the Violoncello is one of the most mellow, elegant and romantic orchestral instruments. Be allured and experience the joy of a cello ensemble making music from the very first lesson. This course will cover the basics of cello playing: all notes in first position, how to hold the bow, scales and technical exercises Moreover, we will learn how to read music while playing at the same time.

This class will be delivered face-to-face at WEA Sydney. Enrolling students need to ensure they have read the current COVID-19 Safety Guidance that WEA Sydney has put in place before enrolling.

A cello is required to join this class however the renting of a cello is possible for as little as $55 per month, visit:

  • Introduction to reading music: Shape names of notes. The staff. Treble and Bass Clefs. Value of notes. Brief history of the Cello. Parts of the Cello. Cello Position. The Bow and how to hold it. Plucking open string (C-G-D-A). Bowing on open strings.
  • Fundamentals for reading music: Notes on the staff-lines and spaces. Rests. Tie and slur. Sharp, flat and natural. Plucking on open strings and first position finger notes in every string. Bowing on successive open strings (C-G-D-A).
  • Simple Time Signature. Rhythm exercises. Audio and Reading exercises. Plucking on open strings, first finger notes and second finger notes. on the D and A strings. Bowing with open strings and first finger notes.
  • More on music theory. Rhythm and Pitch exercises (Solfeo). Pizzicato and bowing on open strings, first, second and third notes on the G, D and A strings.
  • Mayor key signatures and scales. Semitone and tone. The scale of G mayor. Pizzicato and bowing with open, first, second, third and fourth finger notes on the G and D strings.
  • Intervals. Scales degree numbers. Bowing with two notes to the bow. The scale of D mayor (D and A string).
  • Mayor triads. 12 Italian words. Bar lines. Dotted notes. The C scale one octave on the C and G string. Rhythms exercises with different bowing’s style.
  • Revision of Music Theory. Definitions. The C mayor scale two octaves on the C, G and A strings. Cello repertoire and discography.

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Discuss the history of the cello.
  2. Identify the essential parts of the cello, including the bow and how to hold it.
  3. Play a range of basic strings.
  4. Entertain yourself and others performing solo or as part of an ensemble and know how to build upon the foundation of your introduction to the cello.

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