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Trying something new #2847055 05/10/19 11:22 AM
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I have always liked cello as an instrument but never really tried to play one. I am aware that it is supposed to be a very slow process to be able to make it sound good. However I decided to try on a cello intensive course for beginners this summer. Why not?

I am slightly worried that I might actually find it worth to continue, buy a cello and then find my time being fought for by both piano and cello. The downside of piano is that I cannot take it to work with me to practice on my breaks smile

On the other hand there's so much less interesting music for solo cello and very little in general that one can play in early years...so probably I will find it not worth the trouble. Has anyone of you started another instrument AFTER your adult piano obsession? How did it go?

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Originally Posted by outo
Has anyone of you started another instrument AFTER your adult piano obsession? How did it go?

I'm sure a lot have - and perhaps many/most of those aren't on this forum any more.


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Has anyone of you started another instrument AFTER your adult piano obsession? How did it go?

I'm sure a lot have - and perhaps many/most of those aren't on this forum any more.


You think? Are people really so fickle? grin

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It’s about time...I have a guitar and violin...would love to start them. The piano alone takes a lot of time already. Go for it. You never know where it will take you.


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Try it....try it...let it go. You have great passion.
What are you afraid of?



I hope it works out for you as well as it did for Susan Sarandon!

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I picked up Ukulele last year.. love the instrument, small and portable. Learn some chords and few songs. It getting real difficult for me when working on more difficult chords.

It is amazing how the pro able to use such simple instrument to make very dynamic and exciting music.

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I played the piano as my childhood instrument but added cello in the 5th grade..., I loved the cello but it never replaced the piano as my first love. ❤️❤️ I found lots of beautiful cello music for a beginner, but just like the piano, it takes time to make even simple music beautiful. I think you will gain skills that will be useful for piano

Go for it!!!! and keep us posted


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I don't really practice the piano enough anyway these days...maybe I do need a distraction to realize it's true value again...

I must be wiser this time and not put my goals too high in the beginning...I will settle for something small like playing the Franck sonata with my piano teacher next year grin

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Originally Posted by dogperson
I played the piano as my childhood instrument but added cello in the 5th grade..., I loved the cello but it never replaced the piano as my first love. ❤️❤️ I found lots of beautiful cello music for a beginner, but just like the piano, it takes time to make even simple music beautiful. I think you will gain skills that will be useful for piano

Go for it!!!! and keep us posted


I will of course...
Do you still play the cello?

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I love to suggest books at times like this; have a look at "Never Too Late" by John Holt for an account of an educator who took up the cello as an adult. He is candid about the struggles and how far he progressed.


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Originally Posted by outo
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I played the piano as my childhood instrument but added cello in the 5th grade..., I loved the cello but it never replaced the piano as my first love. ❤️❤️ I found lots of beautiful cello music for a beginner, but just like the piano, it takes time to make even simple music beautiful. I think you will gain skills that will be useful for piano

Go for it!!!! and keep us posted


I will of course...
Do you still play the cello?


No, I don’t still play but whenever I hear or see one. I have a strong urge to give it a shot again. I know it is just a matter of time.


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In addition to piano I took up flute at 54, harp at 64 and continue to have lessons in all three. Still work and commute full time.
Beginning a new instrument with already decent skills on one and good general music knowledge can be very frustrating, as one is inclined to think that one should be able to progress quickly on another. Uh-oh!

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I fell in love with classical guitar last summer when, as part of moving to a new city for work, I didn't have access to a piano to play and searched for cheaper instruments. Because of (practice) time constraints, I've since returned to the piano as it's my favorite instrument, although in the course of my vacation gained a much broader knowledge and appreciation of music in the process (and I still continue to find the timbre of classical guitar to be my favorite of all instruments).

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Thanks all for sharing your experiences! We will see how it feels. I already tried to broaden my instrumental selection on my own, and I think without starting lessons it is not worth getting a cello. So I will see how it feels to work with another teacher as a complete beginner and how well my body adjusts to the new instrument. When I started piano lessons it was different because I had already played.

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Originally Posted by agraffe
I love to suggest books at times like this; have a look at "Never Too Late" by John Holt for an account of an educator who took up the cello as an adult. He is candid about the struggles and how far he progressed.

Some years ago there was a journalist on TV who as an experiement started cello lessons as an adult. Don't really remember how well it turned out but the message of course was the same: Never too late, but don't expect to become another Rostropovits smile

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The shakes give you a nice vibrato! I found it harder to stand still and not sway to the music...

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Originally Posted by outo
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I love to suggest books at times like this; have a look at "Never Too Late" by John Holt for an account of an educator who took up the cello as an adult. He is candid about the struggles and how far he progressed.

Some years ago there was a journalist on TV who as an experiement started cello lessons as an adult. Don't really remember how well it turned out but the message of course was the same: Never too late, but don't expect to become another Rostropovits smile

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I love to suggest books at times like this; have a look at "Never Too Late" by John Holt for an account of an educator who took up the cello as an adult. He is candid about the struggles and how far he progressed.

Some years ago there was a journalist on TV who as an experiement started cello lessons as an adult. Don't really remember how well it turned out but the message of course was the same: Never too late, but don't expect to become another Rostropovits smile



There are two ways to look at it. It’s never too late to play an instrument or it’s always too late to become a concert artist. I started violin lessons when I was in my twenties, slaved away for about ten years, and then lost the thread when I moved to New York. I started classical guitar lessons about nine years ago and still take lessons and practice every day.

I bought a melodica to mess around with after seeing the hilarious MelodicaMen on YouTube and discovered that I had few keyboard skills, so, I sold the melodica and bought a keyboard, and started taking piano lessons with a teacher.

It’s all one great big adventure. I don’t regret the years I spent learning the violin but I don’t miss that sound under my ear. Even the best violinists struggle with intonation issues. The classical guitar is a intimate instrument, a quiet voice in a noisy world, and I like it a lot. I have a wonderful teacher, that helps a lot.

When I realized that I was not going to play many of Bach’s keyboard works on the guitar, I had tried a few inventions in a duo, I decided that I just had to learn the piano. So, here I am. I’ve still got time to become an intermediate player, I think, but I don’t delude myself by thinking that I will become a great player.

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