Cellists today are extremely lucky that most of the resources they could ever need can be found online. From sheet music to ordering a new bridge, the Internet has everything both the budding and professional cellist needs. It is hard to imagine that only a few decades ago, musicians could only interact with those in their community to learn about the best teachers, practices, and products. Sometimes this information was in trade journals or classical music magazines, but it was still difficult to find. Now all of that information is a click away.
Thankfully, people have consolidated all of that information onto the Internet and there are plenty of websites out there that will find you the best private teachers, the best cello strings, and the best cellos.
Basically everything one needs to be able to play the cello can now be found online, including online cello lessons!
Below we wanted to summarize the top 10 online resources for cello players so that you can get the most out of your instrument and online experience.
Our favorite online cello resources
CelloOnline.com is a great resource for cellists just starting out. This site offers an overview of everything a beginner cellist needs to get started.
In their “Cello Basics” section, they introduce you to all of the beginner concepts for playing the cello such as finger positions, how to bow, and how to maintain your cello. In addition, they have a sheet music section that includes both free sheet music of popular songs such as Pachelbel’s Canon as well as seasonally appropriate music, such as Christmas music.
Our favorite section of the site is the “Exercises” section where they provide various practice pieces such as Etudes to get you into better musical shape.
We highly recommend checking out this site first since it offers the most of any site on this list.
CelloBello is a community of cellists featuring cello news and other resources. Definitely worth checking out.
Take Lessons > Cello
Take Lessons is a new way for cello and other musical instrument students to take lessons virtually. You are no longer bound to the private teachers who live driving distance away from you. Now if you live in Boston, you can take a lesson from a private teacher who lives in Seattle. Take Lessons allows you to take virtual private lessons using your webcam, like Skype. All you need is a functioning webcam, microphone, and internet connection, and you can take private lessons from anywhere for a reasonable price.
We highly recommend Take Lessons because they offer a much better selection of private teachers from across the world. If you don’t like a private teacher, it’s easy to find a new one and start taking lessons from them.
Cello.org is the centralized website for all things cello for the generation that does not use the subreddit we mention below. The sitehas all sort of resources from job postings to competitions. Although the website design looks like it’s from the mid-90s, Cello.org has a lot of interesting resources for cellists of any age.
Looking for cello sheet music? 8notes.com has it.
8notes provides sheet music for cellos along with music theory activities lessons. They also have an interactive metronome and have access to online music theory tests and games.
Some of the music 8notes offers is free, but the rest can be accessed through a nominal yearly subscription fee of $20.00 per year.
You may be wondering why we’re recommending a violin site on a cello blog, but Violinist.com is a premier destination for all string musicians. They frequently post articles about cello performances and interviews with famous cellists. While most of the coverage is oriented towards violinists, they certainly have plenty of content for cello players, too.
The Reddit cello channel r/cello is the perfect community for cellists. Cellists from all over the world post here about anything from cello repertoire to the best cello jokes. You should join this subreddit to connect with other cellists around the globe. You never know what someone will post that will pique your interest.
The Strad Magazine
The Strad Magazine is a UK-based classical music magazine that keeps violinists, violists, and cellists of all skill levels abreast of the latest news, groundbreaking research, and techniques. It is a great resource for catching up on classical music news as well as learning new ways of playing. While The Strad is traditionally a printed magazine that you would receive in the mail, thestrad.com contain most of the content the magazine would typically include for free.
Allthingsstrings.com is a companion website for Strings Magazine. There is a lot of free content on their webpage such as their newsletter and reviews.
One of the unique features of their website is their “Directory” page which lists information on cello makers, books, performers, and teachers and workshop schedules. They also have an “Events” page that lists all sorts of strings related events going on across the country including festivals and masterclasses.
You can also find a private teacher, buy sheet music, watch video lessons, buy an instrument, connect with other cellists, find out about auditions and summer music camps, perform online, and just about anything else you can think of that is related to cello playing, right at the click of your mouse.
CMUSE is a great news site if you’re looking for entertaining information on the classical music and have a sense of humor.
While the website covers a wide range of musical genres, there is a whole section dedicated to classical music, and there is a good range of cello-related material.
Hopefully these resources were useful to you. If you have any other cello resources you recommend, please tell us about them in the comments!