Learning to play the cello as a grown-up

When I was a kid, I used to go to sleep to the sound of the overnight classical show on the public radio station. Blame my dad, who listened to NPR jazz and news during the day. He also got me hooked on This American Life, but that’s another story. The sound of one instrument stood out in my mind and my memory: the cello. After all, some say it has the most similar range and sound as the human voice. In a family full of singers, I got the duck genes instead of the songbird’s. The cello became the voice I always wanted.

I dabbled with the piccolo in elementary school, the piano in high school and the electric bass after college. It was always my intention to learn to play an instrument but I never could settle on the right one and a cello seemed just to far out of reach.

Fast forward. I met a classical guitarist and a musical enthusiast we’ll call O. In one of the many rambling conversations that started a friendship I mentioned the ghost part the cello has always played in my life. Words like “someday” and “if” were mentioned more than once, I’m sure. Over the following months, O was promoted to TBF (The BoyFriend) and on my 30th birthday I got an email containing a photograph of a cello.

Cecelia arrived a few days later. We had a rocky start, CC and I. Having recently returned from a long stretch of traveling I barely had the place to keep a cello, and no money for lessons. For the first few months, everything I knew about playing came from YouTube and MonkeySee, MonkeyDo. And the challenges only made me more determined to play. I started formal lessons in September 2009, three months after Cecelia came into my life.

I can’t imagine my life without CC. Having TBF in the picture is pretty amazing too. Well, except for when I have to tell him to quit fooling around on the guitar while I try to get solid tune on my ‘A.’ 😉 I guess you could also say this love story is about a girl, a cello and their boy.

We’re all still working on the happily ever after bit.


Background Photo: SNLSN on Flickr used under creative commons license. If you like it, please visit’s Steve’s Flickr and leave a nice comment!


3 Responses to Learning to play the cello as a grown-up

  1. Emily says:

    Lovely blog, and great pics!

    • Eddie says:

      Thanks, Emily. Right back at you! I really enjoy reading your blog, lot’s of helpful information for us newbies 🙂 And you have a great sense of humor!

  2. Jasmine Reese says:

    That’s so great. “It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” George Eliot

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s