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Updated: 2017-06-27T08:31:49.466-08:00

 



I am VERY late to the blog, but, I am 55 years old...

2017-06-27T08:31:49.466-08:00

I am VERY late to the blog, but, I am 55 years old, and about to begin cello lessons. I've never played an instrument, and don't really read music, but I LOVE music. I am gathering my courage, and making the move. The comments and advice that I've found here, are going to keep me moving toward my goal...to enjoy trying something new, and to appreciate the journey. Thanks!






Very interesting story. Thanks for the post.

2016-05-16T02:46:26.566-08:00

Very interesting story. Thanks for the post.



Keep on writing, please. I just found your note t...

2016-04-11T17:32:51.166-08:00

Keep on writing, please.
I just found your note this morning, 6 years after your last post.
Please continue.

Your journey with your cello, inspires me. A LOT.
Thank you.



Your story is so inspiring. I had similar story w...

2016-04-11T17:26:57.362-08:00

Your story is so inspiring.
I had similar story with yours. I learned piano and guitar way back in my junior/senior high, and left them completely just after I could play songs and sing along with friends.

I love cello's sound.
it's so beautiful. And just last month, I decided to play cello. I have a teacher, he comes once a week. I am so excited, though I know cello is probably a difficult instrument to play. Especially for 54 year old woman.

I wonder how you're going these days with your cello.
Would love to read more of your days with your cello.
Thank you, Guanaco.

best,
r



I'm a bit late but I just wanted to say thank ...

2015-11-07T16:57:29.584-09:00

I'm a bit late but I just wanted to say thank you



I so agree.. just like me, i have just discovered ...

2015-08-02T12:45:43.666-08:00

I so agree.. just like me, i have just discovered him/her. How i wish i can continue to be inspired by his present experiences, as im also an adult, 42, learning the cello passionately. Im in suzuki book 2.



And here we are several years later still :) I am ...

2014-05-20T20:04:12.296-08:00

And here we are several years later still :)
I am good in the motivation department overall but I do like to know there are others out there making the same journey. If eels as if we are all lanterns on the current floating in the same general direction at our on speed and time. It looks quite beautiful from afar. Thank you for sharing!



I am totally impressed with your dedication and I ...

2014-02-07T12:48:31.731-09:00

I am totally impressed with your dedication and I presume that by this time you are very accomplished and hopefully satisfied that you met the challenge. I turned 90 a few days ago and am not musically inclined despite the fact that my grandfather Fred Geib was a rather famous tubist in the early and mid nineteenth century. His genes passed me by completely. I did try to please him by suffering through 6 years of piano lessons in my teens but can only play a poor rendition of the Edelweiss Glide.
Just like the others who wrote in your blog, I would love to see you return to writing more because it was fascinating to read about your earnest desire to persevere.



I have read your email posted in AWAD regarding b...

2014-02-03T14:17:40.375-09:00

I have read your email posted in AWAD regarding
bloviate, andyou beat me to it! As I read that daily AWAD word, I also recalled Major Hoople, a comics regular in my youth in our local paper (Redlands, CA). Off I went to college armed with the paper to connect me with home, my roommate objected to my posting Our Boarding House in our room and so that came to an end. What a great walk down memory lane -- thank you. (Right next to it ran Down Our Way, a nostalgic comic of kids hanging out and commenting on the world. Our paper loved memories like that.)

Bill Stanley
Issaquah, WA

I've now connected with your blog: I'm about to retire, and it appears either writing or reading a blog is a way to go.



You retired to Alaska!?!?!?!? What were you thinki...

2014-02-02T05:41:05.037-09:00

You retired to Alaska!?!?!?!? What were you thinking? Was it that TV series wherein Our Hero was shown at the end of every program soulfully playing his cello on a dock in an Alaskan-looking setting?

I can't figure out how to send it to you, so if you don't already know it, Google Yoyo Ma wombat foto. If you think you like him now, just wait.

I ought to confess that when I retired I moved from Florida to Massachusetts, so I have standards for crazy moves.



Thanks Guanaco - you've given me hope. My left...

2014-01-12T22:31:27.492-09:00

Thanks Guanaco - you've given me hope. My left thumb problem means I will have to learn to play differently, and it's good to know that's possible!



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2013-10-01T05:25:54.978-08:00

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CorporateTrainingSG



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2012-12-10T02:48:00.590-09:00

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I had one granddaughter (and a year later, a grand...

2012-12-10T02:46:29.667-09:00

I had one granddaughter (and a year later, a grandson). I'd had a good career; worked hard; saved some money. I'd been fortunate to travel extensively, even spending several years living overseas. Best of all, I retired early. seo services



I am impressed with your progress, especially with...

2012-08-16T16:14:59.241-08:00

I am impressed with your progress, especially with starting at a later age in life. Playing the cello does take years to master; I have a huge appreciation for what fine artists have put into their art, and I am sure we both know that you can't appreciate that fully until you have tried.



I found your blog just a few months ago, right aft...

2012-04-24T00:48:53.586-08:00

I found your blog just a few months ago, right after (in the first week of February) I had bought and touched for the first time in my life, a bowed string instrument—in my 70th year!

Congrats for getting as far as you have, starting at 55—I have a long way to go, and I'm going to go as far as I can by myself, with all the resources available on the 'net, it shouldn't be impossible.

Not enough $ for lessons; trying to live on SS and VA disability. I'm making it, but just barely.

The 'cello is a beater I got for $200, put 200 more in it at the luthier, then got and installed by myself a set of Pegheds® tuning pegs—love 'em (not a commercial, just sayin').

When someone asks me why I chose the 'cello, I pause dramatically and say... I _didn't_ choose the 'cello—it chose me! And it's true.
When asked how long I've been playing, I glance at my watch, and guestimate..."Oh, 'bout fifteen hours now." :-)

I went to LA in March for the Cello festival, and it was a wonderland of delights, I heard six 'cello concerti, all six of the Bach Suites, and a master class by Lawrence Lesser! Fantastic!!

It's only been playable for about 5 weeks now, and I can do a C scale pretty much w/o looking, can play the first of TTLS, and am working on "The Swan" right now, figuring out the fingering & bowing by myself.

Anyway, I'll be checking out some of your former posts looking for hints & stuff. Wish me luck!

Thanks & regards
Bill Turlock



I really enjoyed reading this - happened on it by ...

2012-03-27T20:19:53.439-08:00

I really enjoyed reading this - happened on it by accident. I'm playing the cello again after a career change and eight years with no instrument - I used to do it for a living. Having caught the blogging craze, I've gone out looking for blogs by other cellists. I hope you're still at it.



I am a 60 yr old man retired, who would love to pl...

2012-02-04T06:14:07.421-09:00

I am a 60 yr old man retired, who would love to play the cello an piano. But it seems the road is very long. What is your advice. Phil



Hello, I am a 60 yr old man and also thinking of t...

2012-02-04T05:03:31.882-09:00

Hello, I am a 60 yr old man and also thinking of takeing the cello an piano. When I came across your blog. It looks to me like the road is long, very long and hard. But all I have is time. What is your suggestion. At church Im just mesmorized by the sound of the cello. Please advise. Philip Ferland. e-mail is philipf3g@comcast.net



Hey! I'm from turkey,a 20 year old girl who i...

2011-12-19T07:49:42.347-09:00

Hey!

I'm from turkey,a 20 year old girl who is both a university student and a amateur cello student since 8 months.I see your blog when i'm searching the C major Sonata,Breval's. Yesterday my cello teacher shows it to me and she asked that 'would you want to start to work on Breval' I feel that i'm not ready because its too early for me.in fact,im still feel like that.but of course it will take many days and i have time:) So,what i just want to say is,I dont know who you are,who old you are,do you still continue to practicing cello etc. but say hello from turkey as a one of the cellomaniac in the world!
take care!

Aygen



Hello, I stubled across your blog looking for a f...

2011-12-03T03:18:13.517-09:00

Hello,

I stubled across your blog looking for a fingering chart for the cello that makes sense intuitively. Then read the whole blog and was moved by the story you shared, about making music in a war zone. As I have a great fascination with the Great North, your location speaks to me as well! : )

Imelda Almqvist - painter, shamanic practitioner and budding cellist

www.imelda-almqvist-art.com



Just to say! It's HOT see a Woman play the Cel...

2011-09-02T05:43:21.756-08:00

Just to say! It's HOT see a Woman play the Cello! I'm a Christian that was born in Haiti and came in America at a young age, that fell in love with the Cello after hearing my music teacher's Orchestra play the music p[eace "Gauntlet", amazing peace of music. The sound of the Cello could change lives and keep progressing! I'll pray that God bless me to marry woman Cellist! Jesus loves you and he's coming soon! God Bless and Take Care!



Just to say! It's HOT see a Woman play the Cel...

2011-09-02T05:42:04.596-08:00

Just to say! It's HOT see a Woman play the Cello! I'm a Christian that was born in Haiti and came in America at a young age, that fell in love with the Cello after hearing my music teacher's Orchestra play the music p[eace "Gauntlet", amazing peace of music. The sound of the Cello could change lives and keep progressing! I'll pray that God bless me to marry woman Cellist!Jesus loves you and he's coming soon! God Bless and Take Care!



thanks for the app sugestion

2011-07-17T16:14:13.138-08:00

thanks for the app sugestion