An Introduction to the Celtic Cello
This class is for anyone interested in getting started playing Celtic music on the cello. It is suitable for more advanced beginners (those who can read notes and play in first position) through advanced players looking for an introduction to playing Celtic music.
Have you always wanted to play Celtic music on your cello but don’t know how to get started? Do you want to learn more about how to start improvising Celtic tunes and adding ornamentation? Then this course is for you.
In this course, Celtic cellist, Clíodhna Ní Aodáin, introduces students to a pentatonic scale, the basics of improvisation, bowing ideas, some ornamentation, and three Celtic tunes (including the “Skye Boat Song,” which some of you will recognize as the theme from Outlander).
This class is for anyone interested in getting started playing Celtic music on the cello. It is suitable for more advanced beginners (those who can read notes and play in first position) through advanced players. Like many areas of cello playing, there are many layers to be learned; beginners can get started, and advanced players unfamiliar with Celtic music can learn more about the structure and construction of the music as well as ornamentation.
N.B. Current and past members of the Celtic Cello Club, please wait for the next follow-on course as you might find some similar materials. However, if you’d like additional review, then we invite you to join us in this course, too!
- PDF Booklet containing sheet music for the three tunes in this course.
- Four class videos
- Access to the instructor via email in order to ask questions
- 12-month access to the materials
How This Class Works
- Students will receive a PDF course booklet containing the sheet music covered in the course.
- Each class has a pre-recorded class video.
- There are six short videos that introduce the materials and with which you can play along.
- Course fee: $70
- A computer, tablet, or phone with an internet connection capable of viewing videos.
- Your cello
- A way to read class PDFs (a tablet, computer, or printed copies)
- A way to take notes and mark your music (pencil and paper, or the digital equivalent)
- A way to record yourself playing, as you are going to create some wonderful tunes yourself.
Please send any questions to Clíodhna Ní Aodáin via her website.
If you have any website, PDF download, or Guild questions, comments, or suggestions, please contact the Cello Guild.