How do I make a piece sound more confident?

“My teacher told to me to play more confident. I started my lessons 5 months ago, so I’m not sure what does it mean and how do I do it?“ The key to sound more confident is using more bow to achieve fuller sound. Don’t play everything in the...

About Auri

Hello everybody! My name’s Auri Forda. I play the cello for more than 25 years. I’m a member of the Prague Film Orchestra and the band Join The Caravan. I consider myself a “semi-professional”, because my main sphere of activity is biology, more precisely ecology, zoology and animal welfare....

How normal is using a cello rock stop?

“My cello endpin slips on almost everything. I’m a beginner, so I’m not sure if it’s normal to use a rock stop?” Slippery endpin is an every cellist’s problem. 🙂 Using a rock stop or strap is absolutely normal and they’re useful for beginners and professionals alike. It’s better...

What to do with slippery pegs?

„My cello has wooden pegs that are too slippery. What can I do about it? “ If your pegs slip often while tuning, try to use peg chalk (just an ordinary school chalk is also an option). If it doesn’t help, take the cello to your luthier to check,...

How do you know when it’s time to change your rosin?

“I’m using my rosin for five years now. How do I know when it’s time to get a new one?” My rough estimate of rosin expiration is 1,5 to 2 years. I can tell for sure that your rosin won’t be too useable anymore. And how do you recognise...

How important is choice of a cello rosin?

„I started playing a half year ago, so I am still new to cello. When I bought my cello, it came with the cheapest rosin. Should I upgrade it and get an expensive one?” Honestly, the cost of rosin isn’t necessarily the crucial factor. Cheaper rosins may sound better than...

Tips on how to practice cello? (And not only cello)

“I want to become much better at the cello. Do you have some tips or tricks how to learn better?” There are two main things: how often you practice and how you practice.  Daily practicing is the “must have” routine here. The more time you can spend on it,...

How do I improve my playing?

“I am a self-taught musician (playing drums, guitar and piano) and I‘ve been at it for five years now. For a while I thought I was doing ok and I was constantly trying to learn more, but last year I started to felt like I hadn’t been improving anymore....

Is one hour of practice a week enough to learn cello?

Do you want to learn cello, but you have only limited time you can spend on it? One hour a week is really very very little. But you can try this trick: If you want to learn playing the cello (or any other instrument), the consistency is essential. Do...