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Cello Lessons

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About the Cello

The cello is a bowed string instrument with four strings tuned in perfect fifths. The strings from low to high are generally tuned to C2, G2, D3 and A3, an octave lower than the viola. It is a member of the violin family of musical instruments, which also includes the violin and viola.

It is the second-largest bowed string instrument in the modern symphony orchestra, the double bass being the largest.


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Frequently Asked Questions

In Finoon, there are typically 8 progressive levels for the cello through which the student studies certain musical compositions with a special focus on technique and practice. The duration of each level depends upon the comprehensive capabilities of the student, their regular attendance to classes and persevere practice.

First, let’s establish that no magic can make you a player overnight, mastering any musical instrument takes time. The most important thing however is, the number of hours per week that you actually invest into practice. Practice strengths your muscle memory so that your body knows what to do without you even thinking. Make sure that you practice at least three hours a week, but it is recommended to practice for an hour (uninterrupted) daily.

Well no, not necessarily as cello comes in sizes that should suit the players such as 4/4, 3/4, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8… etc.

The curriculum contains a set of exercises and tracks that the student is advised to perform. It is preferable, nonetheless, to practice for an hour (uninterrupted) daily or even more when advised.

As for the devices/apps you need to practice: A tuner to help you tune the cello and a metronome to help you stay on rhythm

Musical instruments are known to be very fragile, you should always handle them with gentle care, and that includes not subjecting them to heat, impact or direct sunlight. As for the cello, it should regularly be cleaned using a clean dry cotton cloth dedicated specially to it. Replace the strings should they get torn or change color. It is preferable to change the full string kit instead of replacing just one string.

The cello is famous for its warm sound and it has evolved over time into something much more versatile than its role in orchestra. People are playing it in a wide range of genres: jazz, rock, blues, pop, country, punk, indie, metal, folk, hip hop … etc.

Yes, Finoon can buy the instrument on your behalf and this rids you of a lot of effort if you’ve just started your musical journey. Finoon can also sell instruments on your behalf, if you’re looking for an upgrade, or provide technical support and guidance for purchasing used and new instruments.

Brands like Suzuki and Fitness can be suitable for learning in terms of quality and price; and there are of course the higher Yamaha models and other brands that can suit professionals and musicians of the advanced level.

A metronome, a tuner and a rosin

Yes, for to play, you need the tips of your fingers directly over the strings and that cannot happen with long nails; so it’s strongly advised that you keep your nails on both hands cut regularly.

There are a bunch of tuner apps, which you can download over the Internet and a lot of them are fortunately free. These programs will use the microphone on your computer or mobile phone to listen to the sound of each string and indicate its current tone, and based on that you can increase the tension on the string or loosen it a bit to get the desired tone from each string but beware of straining the strings too much as they could get torn.

8 years and above should normally be good, and there is no maximum age. Some people start at a younger age than 8 if their musical talent allows it.