NEW - Cello Lessons Library

Learn to play the cello from your first pizzicato to performing your first songs with this series of courses.

Overview

Learn to play one of the most distinctive and enjoyable instruments of the orchestra: the cello! Our world-class cello educators will get you playing right and sounding great from the start.

This video library is perfect for:
  • First-time cellists ready to get playing
  • Intermediate cello players looking to improve their skills
  • All players interested in self-paced, authentic instruction on the cello
  • Orchestra students wanting to improve their cello skills
  • Orchestra teachers wanting cello resources for their students
In this library you’ll learn:
  • How to care for your cello
  • How to make a good cello sound right from the start
  • How to learn cello at home on any device
  • How to tune the cello
  • How to read bass clef play your first songs
  • Intermediate techniques like vibrato and shifting

Curriculum

Cello Level 2

By Diana Yusupov
  • 0 Lessons
  • Diana Yusupov
  • Here's Where to Start.
  • Tuning 1
  • Open string exercise - Bow Speed
  • Play Along! Bow Speed Exercise 8-1 at 85 BPM
  • Play Along! Bow Speed Exercise 8-1 at 65 BPM
  • Introduction to Baroque Period-Bach, minuet in G
  • Pizzicato
  • Bow In the Air
  • Put it all Together
  • Subdivision of 16th Notes
  • Clap Rhythms with Four Sixteenth Notes
  • Bow Placement for Sixteenth Notes
  • Song: Twinkle Little Star with Sixteenth Notes
  • Song One-Old French Song
  • Song Two-Simple Gifts
  • Song Three-Sweet Dreams
  • Forward Extension
  • Extended Hot Cross Buns
  • Song-Bach's Musette in C Major
  • D Major Scale in Two Octaves
  • Rhythm and Bowing Patterns
  • Ukrainian Folk Song
  • Slavic Folk Song
  • Frère Jacques
  • Understanding Dotted Rhythm
  • Largo from Dvorak's Symphony
  • Brahms Lullaby
  • Subdividing Sixteenth Notes
  • Twinkle Little Star Variation with Dotted Rhythms
  • Learning the Scale
  • A Major with Rhythms and Slurs
  • Introducing Bb and Backward Extension
  • New Notes in Backward Extensions
  • Moon Over the Ruined Castle
  • Sakura
  • Here Comes the Bride Exercise
  • Shifting Builder Exercises on the D String
  • Shifting Song Number 1
  • Play Along! Shifting Builder Exercises on G
  • Play Along! Shifting Builder Exercises on C
  • Shifting Song Number 2
  • Twinkle Little Star with Third Position Shift
  • Sakura in 3rd Position
  • Two Happy Geese
  • What is a Harmonic? Left Hand Technique
  • Reading Harmonics
  • Shifting to Harmonics
  • Harmonics Shifting Song
  • Counting in 6/8
  • Rhythm Exercises in 6/8
  • Playing Rhythms in 6/8
  • Twinkle Little Star in 6/8
  • Scarborough Fair in 6/8
  • Shifting Technique
  • Notes in Fourth Position on the D, G, and C Strings
  • Shifting Exercises on the D String
  • Sakura in Fourth Position
  • E, F, F#, G
  • Sakura in E Minor
  • Dvorak Largo in Fourth Position
  • Learning the Two Octaves
  • Scale with Rhythms and Bowings
  • "Cleaning the Cello"
  • Long Tones Song
  • Vibrato Song
  • Tremolo
  • Trills and Mordents
  • Accents
  • Tenuto
  • Reading and Range of the Tenor Clef
  • Fifth Position and Tenor Clef
  • Cello Performance Video 1
  • Cello Performance Video 2

Cello Level 1

By Diana Yusupov
  • 73 Lessons
  • Diana Yusupov
  • Here's where to start.
  • Introduction
  • Parts of the Cello
  • The Bow
  • History of the Instrument
  • The Sound of the Instrument
  • How to Hold Your Cello
  • Pizzicato Position and Names of Strings
  • Assessment: Mix them up
  • Music Staff and Bass Clef
  • Open D
  • Open A
  • Open G
  • Open C
  • Note Reading Assessment
  • Pencil Exercises
  • Bow Care
  • Learning Bow Hold
  • Koala Bear and Windscreen Wipers
  • Airplane Landing and Takeoff
  • Opening and Closing Elbow
  • Up and Down Bow Motions
  • Bow Heart Beat
  • Finger Taps Against the Thumb
  • Hand Position
  • Finger Taps
  • Reading E, F#, and G
  • Pizzicato E, F#, and G
  • First Song
  • Second Song
  • Beat, Tempo, and Time Signature
  • Clapping and Counting out Loud Quarter Notes and Rests in 4/4
  • Song With Quarter Notes and Rests
  • Song with Quarter Notes and Rests Part 2
  • Clapping and Counting Half Notes and Quarter Notes
  • Clapping and Counting Half Notes and Half Note Rests in 3/4
  • Small Steps: Song with Quarter Notes and Half Notes
  • Small Step Waltz: Song with Quarter Notes, Half Notes, and Rests
  • Rhythm Quiz
  • Right Arm Motion for Long Bows
  • Quarter Note and Half Note Bow Patterns
  • Song: In the Park
  • Song: Sunny Day
  • F Natural and F Sharp
  • Second and Third Finger Race Exercise
  • Pizzicato F and F# Song
  • Major/Minor Songs: 'Rolling Along' in Major and Minor Pizz and Bow
  • Circular Motion
  • String Crossing
  • Ledger Lines
  • A String Notes
  • Song: A String Steps
  • Left Hand Tunnel
  • Song Across Two Strings: Old McDonald
  • Introduction to Scales
  • Eighth Notes and Rests
  • Clapping Eighth Notes and Rests
  • Song: Twinkle Little Star
  • Song: D Major Minuette
  • Two Note Slurs
  • Song: Hot Cross Buns with Slurs
  • Song: Riding Along
  • Slurs with String Crossing
  • Song: Across the Wide River
  • Slurs in a Scale: D Major
  • Forte, Piano and Mezzo Dynamics
  • Song: This Old Man with Dynamics
  • Crescendo and Diminuendo
  • Song: Across the Wide River with Dynamics
  • Song in 4/4: Ode to Joy
  • Song with Crossings and Slurs: Lightly Row
  • Song in 3/4: French Folk Song
  • G, A, Bb, B, C
  • Song: The Walking Song
  • Song: Baa Baa Black Sheep
  • Note Quiz
  • Introduction to G Major
  • First and Second Tetrachords
  • Full Scale
  • Practice Patterns
  • C, D, E, F
  • Song: The Walking Song
  • Song: Long, Long Ago
  • Note Quiz
  • Scale Builders
  • Scale with Rhythmic Patterns
  • Introduction to C Major
  • Second Octave of C Major Scale
  • Major Scale with Slurs
  • Both Octaves with Patterns
  • String Crossing Exercises
  • Finger Patterns
  • Finger Velocity
  • Surprise Symphony Theme
  • Long, Long Ago in Two Octaves
  • Two Happy Geese
  • Introduction: What is an Upbeat?
  • Clapping Rhythms with an Upbeat
  • Song: BINGO
  • Song of the German Folk Variety
  • Right Hand Finger Bites
  • Scales with Staccato Patterns
  • Song: Surprise Symphony
  • Hooked on Surprise

NEW - Music Fundamentals

By Cameron Coday
  • 177 Lessons
  • Cameron Coday
  • Here's where to start.
  • Lesson 1: Introduction to Music Fundamentals
  • Lesson 2: What is Music Notation?
  • The Many Types of Music Notation
  • Lesson 4: What is Pitch?
  • Lesson 5: The Staff
  • Lesson 6: Key Signatures
  • Lesson 7: Clefs
  • Lesson 8: The Musical Alphabet
  • Lesson 9: The Treble Clef
  • Lesson 10: The Bass Clef
  • Lesson 11: Whole Steps and Half Steps
  • Lesson 12: Sharps, Flats, and Naturals
  • Lesson 13: Intervals
  • Lesson 14: Major Scales
  • Lesson 15: Natural Minor Scales
  • Lesson 16: Circle of Fifths
  • Lesson 17: Chords
  • Lesson 18: Transposition
  • Lesson 19: Transposition for Band Instruments
  • Lesson 20: What is Meter?
  • Lesson 21: 4/4 Common Time
  • Lesson 22: 3/4 Time
  • Lesson 23: 2/4 Time
  • Lesson 24: 5/4 and 6/4
  • Lesson 25: 2/2 or Cut Time
  • Lesson 26: 6/8 Time
  • Lesson 27: More Complex Meters-12/8 and 9/8 Time
  • Lesson 28: Even More Complex Meters-5/8 and 7/8 Time
  • Lesson 29: What is Rhythm?
  • Lesson 30: Rhythm versus Tempo
  • Lesson 31: The Eighth Note Pulse
  • Lesson 32: Note Values-Meet the Rhythm Tree
  • Lesson 33: Rests-Beats of Energetic Silence
  • Lesson 34: Ties Rhythms
  • Lesson 35: Dotted Rhythms
  • Lesson 36: Syncopated Rhythms
  • Lesson 37: What are Dynamics?
  • Lesson 38: What is Tempo

Instructors

Diana Yusupov

Diana Yusupov began studying cello at the age of eight whilst living in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Her family migrated to Australia in 2003, where she continued studying cello with her father Renat Yusupov and later a renowned cellist and teacher Markus Stocker. Diana graduated with a Bachelors of Music and Advanced Performance degree from Queensland Conservatorium of Music, before pursuing a further degree in law and education. Diana relocated to Tucson Arizona in 2016 to begin her Masters of Music studies at University of Arizona in the studio of Dr Theodore Buchholz. Upon graduating with her Masters, Diana stayed on to complete her Doctorate of Musical Arts specializing in cello performance and minoring in ethnomusicology. Diana’s research focused on the Russian and Uzbek music influences found in the cello repertoire of Muhammad Otajonov. Currently Diana is teaching a strings orchestra program at BASIS Chandler and enjoys playing chamber music with her piano trio – the Oracle.

Cameron Coday

Cameron Coday is a Band Director at Victory Lakes Intermediate in Houston, Texas. Cameron graduated High Honors with a Bachelor of Music and Minor in Leadership from the University of Colorado Boulder. She earned her Master of Music Education with Summa Cum Laude Honors from Central Washington University at the American Band College. Cameron has presented as a clinician for The Assisted Director and loves fostering conversation on teacher health and wellbeing. She is active in the pageantry arts, serving as brass staff for Arizona Academy Drum and Bugle Corps. She performed on baritone with The Troopers (2013, 2014), Phantom Regiment (2015), and The Cadets (2016). Outside of teaching, Cameron enjoys weightlifting and CrossFit. She coaches adult barbell classes, and loves her cat, Benjamin.

FAQ

  • Can I teach myself to play the cello?

    With proper instruction, you can teach yourself to play the cello. MusicProfessor’s step-by-step process will not only assist you in teaching yourself, it will provide you with high-quality examples of how the cello should sound, so you can self-assess and learn right from the start.