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Clara’s Cello Crash Course – Canon in D

Everyone can play like a professional cellist in 2 weeks!
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Play Canon in D as part of a string quartet with musical interpretation and soundtracks in 2 weeks
Understand fundamental cello playing techniques for playing Canon in D
Enjoy playing cello without reading music score
Discover the secret of making cello sound and how to play like a cellist in an ensemble
Challenge yourself and gain happiness along the way

If you are interested in knowing how to play cello or just simply love to explore a new instrument, this course is perfect for you!

Learning cello is fun and it’s also very easy to start.
This is a quick and intensive beginner course tailored to help everyone who want to learn cello but don’t have any music background or knowledge in cello.

In this course, you will:

  • Learn the very basic and fundamental techniques for playing cello;

  • Play the cello on your own without any music scores;

  • Learn how to play the cello part (just 8 notes!) for Canon in D;

  • Learn the tricks to make your cello sound beautiful with interpretation; and

  • Learn to play and perform with our provided string quartet soundtracks for social broadcast or live event or private gatherings after 2 weeks!


  • Get to know your instructor, Hong Kong professional cellist Ms Clara Tsang

  • Why you should take this course

  • What to expect from this course

Course structure
  • Know what to learn each week

  • Know the key to successfully complete the course

  • Get information to share your learning journey

Before you start
  • Know what and how to prepare before starting the classes

Week 1 Class 1 - Get ready for playing

Get yourself ready
  • How to get yourself ready for playing

  • Tips on keeping yourself always ready

The correct posture
  • How to sit on a chair

  • How to hold the cello

  • The importance of having a correct posture

Right hand technique - How to hold the bow
  • The importance of holding the bow properly

  • 2 rules to holding the bow

Right hand technique - The keys to producing good sound
  • How sound is produced by the bow

  • Where to place your bow on the strings

  • 2 keys to producing good sound

  • How to check if my bow placement is correct

Right hand technique - Practice
  • Applying the keys to producing good sound on the cello

  • What is long bow

  • The relationship between beats and bow speed

Right hand technique - The secret for making cello sound
  • What cello sound should sound like

  • The importance of the right hand in playing

  • How to produce such sound

  • Tips on producing such sound

Left hand technique - Find 1st position
  • The importance of the left hand in playing

  • The importance of the 1st position

  • How to find the 1st position

  • Tips on finding the 1st position

Class 1 Homework
  • Practice for the right hand (playing open strings)

  • Practice for the left hand (finding the 1st positions)

Week 1 Class 2 - Left hand hand shapes for playing Canon in D

Class 2 Warmup
Left hand technique - Closed hand shape
  • Understand what the basic hand shape is

  • How to create a closed hand shape

Left hand technique - Opened hand shape
  • Understand the difference between a closed and an opened hand shape

  • How to create an opened hand shape

Class 2 Homework
  • Practice for the left hand (closed and opened hand shapes)

Week 2 Class 3 - Learn the 8 notes

Class 3 Warmup
  • Review what you learn in the previous class

  • Get ready for the upcoming lectures

The 8 notes (Part 1)
  • How to find the 5th – 8th notes using 1st position

  • How to play the notes continuously with counting and without using music score

The 8 notes (Part 2)
  • How to find the 1st – 4th notes using 1st position and opened hand shape

  • How to play the notes continuously with counting and without music score

The 8 notes (Part 3)
  • How to connect all 8 notes in sequence continuously

  • How to use the bonus background soundtracks

Class 3 Homework
  • Practice the 8 notes

  • If possible, try practicing together with the bonus background soundtrack

Week 2 Class 4 - Make your music beautiful

Introduction for Canon in D by string quartet
  • What is string quartet

  • What is Canon in D

  • The Canon in D you will play in this course

Class 4 Warmup
  • Review what you learn in the previous class

  • Get ready for the upcoming lectures

How to change the timbre (volume & sound quality)
  • What is music interpretation

  • 3 basic elements for changing simple timbres

  • How to create change in timbre with each element

Music interpretation for Canon in D
  • How to play with music interpretation

  • Clara’s music interpretation arrangement for Canon in D

  • How to create complicated timbres by mixing and matching basic elements

  • The key to playing with music interpretation

Class 4 Homework
  • Practice how to apply music interpretation to the 8 notes

Final words

Thank you and more...
  • How to share your performance with me and other students

  • Where to find more information about learning cello

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