Now that you have purchased your cello and found a good cello teacher, you would have made your first appointment with your cello teacher for your beginner cello lessons. This article will outline what you can expect from your first cello lesson.
If you engaged a cello teacher who is based in a music school in Singapore, you can expect that the music school or cello school have a rental cello which you can rent in case you do not know for sure if you have time in future for consistent cello lessons. A music school in Singapore would also have one or two cello on hand for students to play on during their cello lessons. This would save you the trouble of having to transport your cello to and from home for your cello lesson in Singapore.
For your beginner cello lesson, your cello teacher will teach you how to care for your music instrument and cello bow. This would include showing you how to rosin you cello bow so that it will play on your music instrument, and using a cleaning cloth to clean off the rosin dust from you cello after practice. Your teacher will also highlight to you on how to tighten and loosen the horse hair on your cello bow, and not to touch the horse hair on your bow with your hands.
Next, your cello teacher in Singapore will teach you the proper sitting technique when learning how to play the cello. You will need to know the proper posture and how to hold the bow and the music instrument, so that you can play the cello comfortably. First you will need to pull the tail pin from the bottom of the instrument out. The instrument will rest on this tail pin and lean against you. Some students find that the tail pin is quite slippery and the music instrument will slip off the floor when playing, so I recommend you get a cello stopper for this purpose.
Learning how to hold the cello bow takes some getting used to but after you master it, you will feel that it is a natural extension of your hands.
Before you play on your cello, your teacher will help you to tune the music instrument since you have no experience doing so. Seasoned music teachers tune without the need of a chromatic tuner, as their sense of hearing is superb. For beginner music students, you will need to learn to use a chromatic tuner to tune your music instrument.
Since this is a beginner cello lesson, you will need some guidance as to where to apply your fingers on the fingerboard to produce the correct tone in order to play a song on the cello. Your teacher will mark the correct places on your music instrument’s fingerboard with stickers initially. However you are expected to know how to play the cello after a couple of months, without the guide of the stickers.
Once you have learnt how to hold the cello bow, your cello teacher will guide you to bow on the music instrument. The correct place to bow is the space in between the fingerboard and the bridge. Your teacher will have you bow all four strings to get a feel of how your cello sounds. Make sure that your do not bow too near the fingerboard or else your music instrument will sound screechy.
The most popular book to learn the cello is the Suzuki series. You will learn how to read notes and your teacher will teach you to play a simple song in the first book for your beginner cello lesson.