Please consider registering
sp_LogInOut Log Insp_Registration Register
Register | Lost password?
Advanced Search
Forum Scope


Forum Options

Minimum search word length is 3 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters
sp_Feed Topic RSSsp_TopicIcon
2023 Goals for Viola and Cello, and Music Theory
Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 (0 votes) 
December 13, 2022 - 9:44 am
Member Since: July 8, 2021
Forum Posts: 318
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

For you violists and cellists out there, what are your goals for 2023? What do you want to improve on? What new techniques do you want to learn? What do you want to do with your cello this year?

Join the forum and state your goals. Use the goals list as incentive to get it done this year. At the end of the year, come back to this post and and see how you did.

The Bumble Bee Flies

December 13, 2022 - 9:46 am
Member Since: July 8, 2021
Forum Posts: 318
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

My goals for 2023 are: (I am not going to mention vibrato and intonation as they are a constant every year.)

I need to be able to play in something other than 4/4, so I need to pick another time signature. I just had major issues with a waltz, so I think I need to try to learn a waltz on each instrument.

I need to learn to bow my cello better, especially that dastardly C string. 

I want to pick a song on my violin, viola and cello (either different songs or the same on 2 or all 3 instruments) and work on it and have it be able to be played smoothly by the end of 2023.

The Bumble Bee Flies

December 15, 2022 - 7:34 pm
Member Since: September 16, 2012
Forum Posts: 8
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

For me it is to truly get started learning my new Cello. I hope to sign up for lessons ($99 a month) at a local Music shop (Palen Music in Springfield, Mo) so I do not teach myself bad habits.

December 23, 2022 - 4:14 pm
Member Since: July 8, 2021
Forum Posts: 318
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

I hope you are able to get the lessons. You will definitely enjoy it.

The Bumble Bee Flies

December 29, 2022 - 4:23 pm
Member Since: January 13, 2019
Forum Posts: 35
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Good luck with the lessons @EdwardMH ! Please tell us how it goes :--) 

Plenty of goals with my viola, I'll pick among the following, since I don't think I'll manage them all :

1) work on fast(er) détaché, which means improving left/right hand coordination (or brain/hands coordination). Slurs have always felt easier because only one hand to manage.
I'm thinking the Telemann viola concerto (mvt 2, or mvt 4 - which I prefer) might be good in order to practice that.

2) Get better at double stops (in-progress)

3) Improve 4th finger strength and general left hand position (in-progress)

4) Practice vibrato 'seriously' : at different speeds with a metronome, all 4 fingers if possible. My vibrato is a bit random, not controlled.
I'm not too sure I'll manage to apply myself to it.

5) More broadly, improve musicality. I should try to decide how I want a phrase to sound like in detail, and actually listen to what's coming out of my instrument. Play more "cleanly". 

If it helps me, maybe start a 'blog' ? and do more videos (/audio) to track progress or lack thereof.

Forum Timezone: America/New_York
Most Users Ever Online: 188
Currently Online:
Guest(s) 8
Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)
Members Birthdays
Today None
Upcoming None
Top Posters:
HeadCheese: 355
Ripton: 138
Ferret: 119
Manny: 66
VinceKnight: 60
JohnG: 56
Member Stats:
Guest Posters: 0
Members: 54238
Moderators: 0
Admins: 3
Forum Stats:
Groups: 13
Forums: 45
Topics: 380
Posts: 2043
Newest Members:
Fulse, tonyajopex, ThomasKep, StevenNek, AgnesMum, Lewiswof
Administrators: Violaman: 541, BillyG: 81, Mouse: 318