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Playing the Cello

Taught by Juilliard professor Richard Aaron.

Build your fluidity, sense of touch, and musical awareness by focusing on 10 key areas of cello mastery. Use the simple tips and methods shown to elevate every aspect of your playing.

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Learn these cello fundamentals. Watch your playing transform.

It can make a world of difference to have more "tools in the toolbox" for your cello playing — habits that add greater ease, control, and articulation with every bow stroke.

This new course on all things cello, led by noted educator Richard Aaron, delivers. Whether you’re working on key repertoire or general technique, simply apply Aaron’s “10 Practicements” as shown through simple diagrams, original experiments, and examples from Duport and Popper…and you’ll soon see more fluidity, awareness, and power in your playing.

  • Learn how proper breathing and awareness of body weight can transform your playing.

  • See the role left-hand rotation and the use of adjacent fingers can play in exceptional shifting.

  • Cultivate new skills and mindsets, all in just minutes a day, to build your personal foundation for great performances.

Meet your instructor

Richard Aaron

Richard Aaron is a sought-after professor of cello whose methods of teaching have garnered global acclaim.Aaron is currently on the faculty of The Juilliard School, the University of Michigan, and Mercer University's Robert McDuffie Center for Strings — with past teaching credits at the New England Conservatory and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Aaron has also been deeply involved with noted competitions, both as a judge at the Klein Competition, Beijing International Competition, Cassado (Japan) and others, and as a mentor to winners of prestigious programs. Many of his students have also gone on to claim coveted spots in renowned orchestras and ensembles.

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Access to 100s of free scores and workbooks to accompany lessons and assist you in your learning (worth over $5,000)
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A supportive community of fellow musicians enabling you to get feedback and participate in challenges to build confidence and experience.

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