Do’s and Don’ts for Beginner Cellists

If you have recently decided to learn how to play the cello, then you have made a rewarding and wonderful choice. The cello produces rich, warm tones that are quite close to the human voice range because of which it is a popular instrument. However, if you want to be good at playing the cello, then there are certain things that you need to do and some you need to avoid in order to get the desired results. Knowing these do’s and don’ts allows you to steer clear of disappointment. Let’s take a look at them:

  • Do select a cello that’s the best size for your body. Similar to other instruments in the violin family, the size of the instrument should be in proportion to the player. You don’t have to buy the most expensive model, but it should be of the appropriate size.
  • Don’t get discouraged if you are having a hard time in producing the right sounds initially. Learning to play the cello is challenging and it can be quite difficult to create sounds in the first couple of months.
  • Do master the art of tuning your cello. You need to grasp this essential aspect of training early on. Cellos are quite sensitive to changes in the environment and can require frequent tuning, depending on the specific instrument.
  • Don’t forget to get cello lessons from professionals, such as You could try learning on your own, but it will not give you the same results, especially when you want to learn how to play it properly. It is best to leave this to the experts.
  • Do warm up exercises beforehand because playing the cello can be a physical exercise. If you don’t perform warm up exercises for your neck, fingers and arms, you can get some serious injuries.