Just Saying

I need more and more friends who’s doing what I’m doing today. Doesn’t have to be exactly the same, but at least we’re at the same level: the beginners. The more I see adult-beginner-players, the more I feel good about this cello thing. Feels like: I’m not alone. I’m not that weird: taking music lesson…

Imagine That

I remember some years ago, when I did a GolfPunk magazine, I pulled a friend, Robin Bernardus, to be the managing editor. This project was a bit hilarious for me and Robin, since both of us know almost nothing about golf. Not to mention play the game for real. Well, Robin might have more experiences…

Guanaco: My Inspiraton

For most people –me included—deciding to play music a bit late than the rest of the world, is somehow sounds (maybe) ridiculous. But a part of the most people –again: me included—decided to do it anyway. One particular adult beginner that I look up to is Guanaco. I found him via his   blog: Cellomania –…

Before I met you, C – a back seat story

I learned to play guitar, when I was 12/13 years old. My dad bought me an acoustic string guitar –Suzuki. It fit so well on my small arms and worked perfectly with my tiny fingers. I joined a course, but left on the second month. I felt so lost in that course: everyone at that class…

DOTS & DASHES

In music score, read all the signs: the dots, the dash, the curls, the swirls… and more. They mean you have to do something with the notes you’re playing. Yes, I knew them back then, when I learned to play piano. But that was ages ago (I was in my junior high!). I forgot most…

TOUGHIE

Did I mention that I need to re-look at those music sheets/notes? Yes, I did. Well, it’s something that I’ve learned many-many years ago. I think the last time I read them was around 40 years ago (goodness!). Yes, it’s that long-long-way back, when I was in my junior high, learned to play piano. I…

GoBuyDonutsForAll & AllCowsEatGrass

If you think doing C scale on piano is tough, try cello’s. It’s only 7 notes, but boy, c’est bien tres difficile! But I gotta do it. Keep on doing it. Chaiyo! * It’s so inevitable that I should relook at music notes. They always make my knees go weak. It seems so complicated then, and it’s still complicated today. The…

Note To Self

I want to make this cello thing my serious project. At least I can make a song or two (that “rain” poem, might be great on cello). Therefore I really need to push myself to keep on practice. This is the only way to make me play better. The thing about cello is: it makes…

What do I know of this instrument?

Now, having my own cello, suddenly I realized that I know almost nothing about cello. I even misspelled a part of this instrument. That’s so embarrassing. More to that: I glued a picture of violin, yes VIOLIN, in my journal instead of a cello. My goodness: what did I think when I did that. Apparently…

My Very Own Cello

  Rick borrowed me one of his cellos. He has 3 (two of his, and one belongs to his daughter). That beautiful instrument spent more than two weeks at my living room. Every evening for that two weeks, I went home as soon as I can, just to arrive early enough to play the cello….

The First Time…

My schedule suddenly became so full. The date I set to start my first lesson, just disappeared. I kept cancelling my appointment with Rick. Thank God he was still excited of giving the lessons. I planned to have it in January, but we were preparing for our very first concert. And before that, a big show…

Why? Why Not.

So yes, finally I decided to play cello. I mean, learn to play cello. Yes, at this age -53 going on 54. Why? Well, why not. Okay, this cello thing has been in my mind since ages, when I found a friend of mine, who knew nothing about any string instrument (including guitar) , and…