H has been playing the cello for three years now. He started off very enthusiastically, but that has waned a bit over the years and he’s done much less practice this year than previous ones. Over the years though, he’s successfully completed three music medals and is working on his fourth which he hopes to get before the end of the year. He can play some recognisable tunes and has learnt a lot about music. So far we have been using a cello lent to us by the school, but we have been thinking of buying H an instrument of his own and we are looking out for a cello for sale. We’ve taking some advice to make sure we get the right instrument for our budding young musician.
Every year the school he’s at put on a short strings concert,where all the children learning instruments can perform for the rest of the school and their parents. I guess there about 20 children in total performing and between them they play violins, violas, cellos and double bass. Last year H wouldn’t do a solo piece at the concert (I never really understood why not given he had done the previous year) and only took part in ensemble pieces, which seemed a shame. This year though he’d been talked into doing a solo piece and I was keen to see how he did.
H did really well. At the moment he is able to leave his left hand to deal with the strings without looking at it, unlike the younger children who have been learning less time. He’s still a bit awkward with his bow work, but it’s coming along. He performed a solo piece and took part in a piece that all the children played together. I was pleased it went so well. It was a bit of a bittersweet moment though as he’s wanting to give the cello up, so I don’t think I’ll be at the concert next year. I am glad that he’s given learning an instrument a good go and I’m hopeful he might take up something else in a year or two.