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Old 11-03-2010, 02:01 PM   #46
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This is the same poster who lacked the determination to grow dreads.


LOL growing dreads is a bit different than learning an instrument.

I don't have a cello, I have been looking at a few on eBay. I'm also in the process of emailing the music department at my school to see if they have a class that would suit me.
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Old 11-03-2010, 02:04 PM   #47
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LOL growing dreads is a bit different than learning an instrument.

I don't have a cello, I have been looking at a few on eBay. I'm also in the process of emailing the music department at my school to see if they have a class that would suit me.
probably not as a formal course (they are a university music dept afterall), but Im sure they could put you in touch with a student who would be willing to teach you for cheapish.
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Old 11-03-2010, 10:19 PM   #48
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I thought I commented on this - I guess not.

I taught myself how to play guitar. I would consider myself above average. However, I didn't really get "good" until I had a teacher who I connected with, and he taught me stuff I wish I had known right off the bat. And to this day I still have poor habits that limit me. I don't use my pinky for anything other than chords, and due to the fact that I didn't learn how to alternate pick until literally years after I picked up the instrument, it isn't nearly as fluent as it should be for someone that has been playing off and on for 7-8 years.

You need a teacher that will teach you the basics while also making it fun for you. That's the most important part.
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Old 11-03-2010, 11:58 PM   #49
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Good News! I may have found a teacher!

I contacted the cello instructor at my school and she is willing to teach me. I can't earn credits because I'm not a music major, and I have to pay $20 a lesson. But I think it should be worth it, at least for a few lessons. The only think that might hold me back is that she's not sure if she has a cello for me to use, so I may have to buy one. Either way it's something.
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Old 01-26-2011, 07:41 PM   #50
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UPDATE

I started my cello lessons last week. Turns out I can earn credits while getting the lessons for free

I have been issued my own cello and I can go to the music building and practice whenever I want, my first two lessons have been fun and I can't wait to get better at it.

Stay tuned, possible youtube solo in the future.
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Old 01-26-2011, 07:58 PM   #51
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UPDATE

I started my cello lessons last week. Turns out I can earn credits while getting the lessons for free

I have been issued my own cello and I can go to the music building and practice whenever I want, my first two lessons have been fun and I can't wait to get better at it.

Stay tuned, possible youtube solo in the future.
It's a she ... have fun. Hopefully one day she invites you over her house fore some "private lessons."
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Old 01-26-2011, 08:41 PM   #52
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It's a she ... have fun. Hopefully one day she invites you over her house fore some "private lessons."


She has already invited me to a cello party at her house and offered to give me a ride.
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Old 01-26-2011, 08:47 PM   #53
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She has already invited me to a cello party at her house and offered to give me a ride.
You in it to win it. Next time, it will be a different ride she's offering!
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Old 01-26-2011, 09:08 PM   #54
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Just remember, the exercises that you feel are most boring and most monotonous are often the most beneficial, so good luck!

-guitar player of 6 years
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