The cello has been an important musical instrument since its origins in Italy during the 17th century. Many musicians consider the cello one of the most difficult of instruments to learn, partly because of its long strings and the need for good hand and eye coordination. It is also not the most obvious choice for anyone taking music lessons; not surprisingly, the piano, guitar, and violin are the most popular instruments to learn. Of course, taking music lessons and learning to play any instrument can improve coordination, focus, and concentration, as well as memory and stamina. Playing an instrument can also be satisfying and fulfilling; for many people, it can literally be a lifelong goal. However, if your goal is to play the cello, mastering this beautiful instrument which has a range very close to the human voice, has several benefits.
If your goal is to become a classical musician, learning to play the cello can really mean that your skills are in demand, as it is a fairly uncommon instrument to learn. Taking cello lessons can also be a great way to meet others who share your passion for this beautiful instrument, and music lessons are also ideal for anyone who wants to boost their self-confidence and self-esteem. Playing the cello well requires a combination of finesse and strength, because of its larger strings. In effect, both of your hands are doing different things at the same time when you play the cello, which is a skill not everyone is able to learn.
Many people take up the cello because of the unique and lovely sound that the instrument makes, although others take it up as a kind of challenge, simply because it is so hard to learn. It’s common to want to play the guitar or the violin – not so obvious if you announce you want to learn to play the cello. It can take a long time to learn even a relatively short and simple piece on the cello, something that understandably puts some people off. Practicing regularly and diligently is important for anyone who wants to learn to play the cello at all well.
When you take music lessons and learn to play the cello, you also have a deeper understanding and appreciation of music in general, and listening to classical music becomes much more rewarding and enjoyable. Learning to play an instrument also means being able to read music, and if you can read music, you can potentially write a tune too. However, the cello is a versatile instrument and it isn’t only in classical music that it is used – many folks, jazz, and even rock songs incorporate the cello to great effect. You may not become the next Yo-Yo Ma, but whether you are learning the cello or any other instrument, the point is to become as good as you want to be and have fun at the same time.
Of course, it is possible to teach yourself to play the cello, and there are plenty of informative websites, including those offering video instruction. However, if you really want to excel at the instrument, you will really need to find a good music teacher, preferably one experienced and familiar with the cello. It can be a lot harder to find a cello teacher in your area than, say a piano teacher, and a good place to start can be your local schools and colleges, as well as Internet ad sites. Try to choose a teacher who specializes in the genre of music you are interested in – classical, jazz or whatever – and someone whose teaching style matches your learning style. The cost of cello lessons can vary widely, from around $50 an hour to over $150, depending on where you live, and the qualifications of the instructor.
The cello is widely considered to have one of the loveliest sounds of any musical instrument. if you like the idea of music lessons but aren’t interested in the guitar or piano, this large stringed instrument has an appeal all of its own. Carrying a cello around to different venues can sometimes be a challenge because of its size – but don’t let that put you off.