What's In My Music Bag?

What's In My Music Bag?

As cellists, we need so much more than just our instruments. There are a variety of essential accessories that every cellist uses on a daily basis. I like to keep all of my items in a music bag so they are easily accessible and portable. Here is a list of what I put in my music bag, and helpful tips for assembling all the items you need as cellist. 

DIY Adjustments to Make Your Cello Sound Better

DIY Adjustments to Make Your Cello Sound Better

There are many factors that can effect the sound of your instrument, such as changes in temperature or your strings wearing out. If notice your cello sounds muffled, it might be time for a tune-up. Similar to a tune-up on a car, your instrument needs to be adjusted periodically in order to keep it running smoothly. Here is a list of adjustments you can make to improve the sound of your instrument. 

Beta Blockers and a Natural Alternative

Beta Blockers and a Natural Alternative

Beta blockers are used to help the physical response to anxiety. However, they do not help the psychological or emotional response, i.e. your concentration, confidence, doubts, fears, racing thoughts, etc. and may even cause negative side effects. Here is a list of natural supplements to try as an alternative to beta blockers. 

How to Select a Cello for a Beginner

How to Select a Cello for a Beginner

There are many factors to consider when selecting a cello for a beginning student. It can be a challenging process, especially if it's your first time purchasing a musical instrument. Here is a list of basic guidelines to help you choose which instrument to purchase.

Tips for Flying with a Cello

Tips for Flying with a Cello

At some point in your career as a cellist, you will probably find yourself needing to travel across the country or internationally with your instrument. Cellos are a unique problem because they are too big to be taken as a carry on, and too fragile to be checked with the rest of the luggage. Here are some instructions for how to successfully travel with your cello. 

How to Choose a Music School

How to Choose a Music School

The school you attend has a huge impact on your life and career, so deciding where to apply can be a stressful and daunting task. Furthermore, musicians must go through the unique experience of auditioning for schools by either a recording or live audition in front of a panel. This can be an expensive and grueling process, so it is important to consider these critical details before deciding where to apply. 

How to Start a Practice Journal

How to Start a Practice Journal

Keeping a practice journal can be a helpful tool to structure and analyze your practice sessions. There is no such thing as the "right" way to keep a practice journal. The trick is to find a method that works for you that you can stick to consistently. Here are some ideas for what to include in your practice journal to help get you started!

What to Eat Before a Performance

What to Eat Before a Performance

The best food to eat on the day of a performance varies from person to person. For one musician, eating a banana might be the best option; for another, performing on an empty stomach might work better. The key is to keep track of what you eat, when you eat, and how much you eat, in order to know how it affects your body and energy level during a performance. Through trial and error, you will learn what works best for you. This is a list of foods I recommend to try eating before a performance to help you get started!