I am an adult amateur music student, who decided mid 2012 at the age of 35 to take up the challenge of learning the Cello – a fretless instrument that produces sound by scraping sticky horse hair across strands of metal.  My background is in physics so I tend to take a scientific approach to understanding music.  I do have a moderate amount of musical education as well.  Clarinet begining at age 11, guitar at 17, piano at 18, and tenor sax in my 30s.  I have not achieved anything beyond intermediate status in any instrument, but I can read music reasonably well, and I know a enough music theory to vaguely understand some of the arcane musings of jazz musicians.  I had tried playing violin at age 18 and was scared off in the first month by a teacher who kept reminding me that at 18, I was too old to learn to play very well.  Now with a more mature outlook on the learning process and a pocketful of optimism, I am attempting the Cello, which by many accounts is even more difficult than the violin.  What can I say?  I have learned to embrace the feeling of leaning into the wind.


4 thoughts on “Bio

  1. Cindy says:

    I too am learning the cello as a second instrument. I enjoy reading your blog and look forward to additional posts

    • Cindy says:

      Keeping this blog up-to-date must be daunting! I hope that life just got in the way of you writing but not discouraged you for practicing! Please keep it up! I too have busy or even discouraging times when I don’t practice.

  2. Sandra says:

    Thank you so much for this blog! I started learning the cello at the end of 2015 close to my 43rd bday with no musical background and am absolutely in love with this instrument. I am so happy to have found your blog by fluke which I find most encouraging. I wish I would have starting keeping track of my practice time but love the idea of getting to 10000 plus hours. Learning is a beautiful lifelong journey. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Thank you for your beautiful writing and detailed practice notes. After taking up the cello as a first instrument in my late forties the challenges and pleasures of this instrument inspire me endlessly. I have worked with some of the techniques you suggest and have found them to be very helpful. I have also tried (and failed) to write a blog about learning the cello. Yours is fabulous!
    Back to practice – I have a dream of one day being able to play simple things well with others. It keeps me going and so will your blog.

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