(Oops, I meant for this to appear under jamnycellist's post)

I'd like to put out one answer today and catch up with some more on another day.

One possibility for folks that want to augment their training is Mike Block's multi-style cello series at http://artistworks.com/cello-lessons-mike-block .

I did subscribe for a time last year, but I'm stopped now because I'm beyond most of it, and I got what I particularly wanted out of it (His introduction to singing in harmony with cello was immensely helpful to me.  I had had a lot of trouble playing one thing, and singing something else.  My improvement was noticed, and last fall I led a workshop at a dulcimer festival that I based on his exercises.  Two weeks ago at a performance I filled in for one of our band's singera, singing on nine tunes, most of it harmony parts, in five languages, none of it in English, while playing.  That's not something I could think of doing a couple of years ago).

I expect to re-subscribe for a review, but I'm traveling this summer, so probably in the fall.

The program Block has set up is very extensive, and he explains things really well (I'd say it's mostly for the one-to-three year student, except for the multi-style stuff which is not taught in usual cello lessons at all).  An awful lot of thought, care, and work must have gone into it.

The usual problem with videos, articles, and the like, is that, at best, they can only provide information about playing, in general.  The best one can hope for is for own-way information that applies to some, or maybe most people -- not specific feedback on one's own particular playing.  The Artist Works program provides for the student to submit videos that can be viewed by the teacher, and also viewed by other students, and to which the teacher can respond.  So the program can approach the value of Skype lessons, except that the feedback is not immediate as it would be in a Skype lesson.  

Gotta go for now.  Maybe some other chatters have experiences to add.


Instrumental playing is based on multiple sensations.  One may hint at them, and induce them on occasion, but ultimately each individual must arrive at these sensations on his own.
Janos Starker

Last Edited By: chiddler Jun 10 16 7:39 AM. Edited 2 times.