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I was wondering what I need to know/ important things to do when giving cello lessons to beginners for the first time. I’m going to be a senior in high school and will hopefully be giving lessons to some middle school kids- tips?

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I’m preparing Allegro Appassionato for an upcoming audition, and I was wondering if anyone had any tips or thoughts on the piece!

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Reddit | For The Cello Minded by /u/le_wild_asshole - 1d ago

I'm very new to cello - just picked up a used instrument from a local music teacher and only had my first 2 classes.
My teacher noted that the pin on my cello is WAY too short - looks like it was a learning instrument for a kid - and I'm an adult over 6 feet in height.

After watching videos about instruments and trying to get mine in the right position I've realized that the pin IS way too short - but here is the problem - we cannot take it out to replace.

When I undo the screw that holds the pin, it slides out to the max length - but it seems to have some sort of expansion or a stopper on the inside end - and it doesn't permit us to remove the pin.

Is it something people have dealt with?

Any solutions that do not involve buying a whole new cello?

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This may not be the best subreddit to post this on, but I’m a cellist and I’m looking for advice, so here we go.

I’m a soon-to-be senior in high school, and I have my mind set on auditioning for these different music schools:

  • Indiana University Jacob’s School of Music
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music
  • Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester
  • New England Conservatory
  • Possibly Boston University (maybe)
  • Yale School of Music’s B.A./M.M. Program (maybe)

Any tips for cello pre-screening (and hopefully live auditions, if I make it!) would be greatly appreciated! I’m extremely nervous about this, and it would be nice to hear some advice from people who’ve already done auditions before.

I would also like some input on what life is like in music school and university, if anyone has any.

My repertoire that I’m working on currently: - Bach Suite No. 4, Prelude and eventually Courante - Piatti Caprice No. 4 - Lalo Cello Concerto in D Minor - Mendelssohn Cello Sonata No. 2

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I'm a teen and I've been playing guitar, piano, drums and bass guitar for a couple years now. I mostly play rock music. I'm looking to get into cello and was wondering if there is anything I should know before getting started. Thanks 😃

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I've thought that for fun it would be cool to produce some recordings of myself playing. This wouldn't be anything too serious, though I'd like something substantially better than just the pretty cheap mic I have now or a phone. I'm willing to put a little bit of money into equipment, but not a ton.

My first question is pretty generic: is there some idiots guide to recording string instruments that anyone knows about? Like what kind of room is likely to be best, mic placement, what kind of EQ or reverb settings typically sound good and how to tell (besides just "oh that's cool") what would be considered a good recording? How to do mixing and such to the extent that'd be necessary? I've found bits and pieces of this around but not like some coherent guide, and of course some disagreement about recommendations as well. :-)

Second, after reading around a bunch of various options and recommendations for mics and such including old /r/cello threads, I'm currently kind of leaning toward a Zoom H5. Is that a reasonable option? I am also vaguely considering this version of the H6 because it has that extra mic -- can that be used via one of the XLR ports on the thing? (Remember -- idiot here.) I'm under the impression that it's fairly popular to do two matched mics for stereo and then a third maybe closer to the cello that I just gets mixed in? Is there a better option to use for that other mic?

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