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Dear Cello Student,

This is Mr. Mario. I created this website page to teach you and for you to use it as a resource for your learning. Download the following software on your computer so that we may have a lesson online. If you don’t have a computer, download it to your cell phone.

Messenger for iPhone
Messenger for Android
Microsoft Teams

– Click “Sign in” and pick your school email

In order to succeed, you will need:
– Patience
– Perseverance
– Determination
– Practice

So, have fun practicing hard and contact me if you need help!

Mr. Mario

Cello and Bow Parts

Click here to see the names of the parts of the Cello and the bow

The parts of the Bow are: Frog (or Nut), Adjusting Screw, Ferrule, Grip (or Winding), Stick, Tip (or Point), Hair

Posture and Positioning

Click here to see a picture with the Play, Rest, and Pizzicato positions

Here are the main elements to good Cello Positioning and Posture:
– sit forward on a ‘cello’ chair (flat seat w. a straight back)
– open, center, and adjust the end-pin so that upper back of cello rests against the chest
and with the scroll above the left shoulder
– open legs and rest them against the cello
– straighten back and neck
– open up your chest
– gently elevate head

The Strings of the Cello

Click here to see the strings of the Cello

The Cello is the Tenor of the bowed orchestral string instruments. It has four strings (C-G-D-A) from Low to High, which are tuned in fifths. The Violin (G-D-A-E) and the Viola (C-G-D-A) are also tuned in fifths.

Bow Grip

Click here to see an inside view picture of the Cello Bow Grip

Click here to see a thumb view picture of the Cello Bow Grip

Click here to see the front view picture of the Cello Bow Grip

There are four main elements to Bow Grip:
– middle and ring fingers always stay near each other
– square/slightly bend in thumb and place it on the stick/frog opposite o the second finger
– place pinky around the stick resting on the frog
– open the index finger slightly and wrapping it slightly on stick

Left Hand Position

Click here to see the position of the fingers on the fingerboard

Click here to see the position of the thumb behind the neck

There are four main elements to left hand position:
– keep your left elbow slightly out (away from your body), but relax your shoulder
– place all four fingers on the D string and square them (keep nails short!)
– the balance point are the middle (2nd) and ring (3rd) fingers
– rest the tip of your thumb on the neck across from the 2nd finger


Click on the PLAY button below to hear the songs. Click on PAUSE to stop them.

“Longhorn Cello Quartet, Piazzolla “Libertango” “

“2CELLOS – Pirates Of The Caribbean [OFFICIAL VIDEO]” “

“Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, Variation I” by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki

“D Major Scale – CELLO” by Suzuki