"I graduated from Juilliard recently, and just earned a trial with the London Symphony."
“Was there ever a time when you wanted to quit?”
“It was harder when I was younger, and all my friends were outside playing. Back then my Mom really kept me practicing. But then I hit a point where I began to love the instrument, and I really couldn’t imagine my life without it.”
“How did you know when you reached that point?”
“I guess it was the point where I’d learned enough that I realized how much more there was to learn.”



Remember this, even professional musicians want to give up sometimes. 

You’re NOT alone.

Don’t give up my friends :-)

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Learning to play cello by yourself? A few tips for today:

  • Listen to different cellists with different styles to find the one you like the most.
  • Watch cellists videos and observe their movements and imagine that it’s you playing those beautiful melodies.
  • Read books with details techniques explanation. It’s better to find books come with video CDs.
  • Avoid bad habits by keep watching yourself and fix anything weird.
  • Record (audio & video) and share with others players. There are many good cellists out there and their comments can help you improve a lot.


I made some Valentine’s Day cards for my music major roommate :) We decided to be each others’ Valentines because boys suck, so we agreed to make something crafty for the other.


omg this is genius =)) I can’t stop laughing =))


Being a music major is when paying $5 for something is unreasonably expensive.
And paying $10,000 or more for an instrument is somewhat reasonable.


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It has been 4 months since I decided to learn cello. It’s more challenging to me than learning piano by myself. But it’s fun, though. I guess years later when I see these videos myself I’ll laugh very hard at my squeaky sounds :D

Full playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoomaMojKsZLsyzreAqMI7jBsV_eDKG0Z


Stop and hear the music

"If a great musician plays great music but no one hear. Was he really any good?" - Hear is a test by Joshua Bell, with a $3.5 million Strad in a metro station.

Read more here: The Fiddler in the Subway

I felt very sad after finished this beautifully written book by Gene Weingarten, mainly because of this last chapter in the book: “The fiddler in the subway”. Playing music for people has always been my dream, but  I doubt will anyone listen to my music?




Picking up mistakes

Musicians have sharper minds are able to pick up mistakes and fix them quicker than the rest of us, according to new research.

The study, by researchers at the University of St Andrews, suggests that musical activity could protect against decline in mental abilities through age or illness.

The work, published in the journal Neuropsychologia, extends previous findings that mental abilities are positively related to musical skills. The researchers say that the latest findings demonstrate the potential for ‘far reaching benefits’ of musical activity on mental and physical well-being.

The study was led by St Andrews psychologist Dr Ines Jentzsch, who compared the cognitive ability of amateur musicians versus non-musicians in performing simple mental tasks.

The most striking difference she found lay in the musicians’ ability to recognise and correct mistakes. Not only that, but they responded faster than those with little or no musical training, with no loss in accuracy. This is perhaps not surprising since musicians learn to be constantly aware of their performance, but to not be overly affected by mistakes.

Dr Jentzsch, a Reader in the University’s School of Psychology and Neuroscience, commented, “Our study shows that even moderate levels of musical activity can benefit brain functioning.

“Our findings could have important implications as the processes involved are amongst the first to be affected by aging, as well as a number of mental illnesses such as depression. The research suggests that musical activity could be used as an effective intervention to slow, stop or even reverse age- or illness-related decline in mental functioning.”

The study compared groups of amateur musicians with varying levels of time they had spent in practicing their instrument to a non-musician control group. They then measured each group’s behavioural and brain responses to simple mental tests.

The results showed that playing a musical instrument, even at moderate levels, improves the ability to monitor our behavior for errors and adjust subsequent responses more effectively when needed.

Dr Jentzsch, herself a keen pianist, continued, “Musical activity cannot only immensely enrich our lives but the associated benefits for our physical and mental functioning could be even more far-reaching than proposed in our and previous research.

“Music plays an important role in virtually all societies. Nevertheless, in times of economic hardship, funds for music education are often amongst the first to be cut.

“We strongly encourage political decision makers to reconsider funding cuts for arts education and to increase public spending for music tuition.

“In addition, adults who have never played an instrument or felt too old to learn should be encouraged to take up music - it’s never too late.”


“In addition, adults who have never played an instrument or felt too old to learn should be encouraged to take up music - it’s never too late.” See that? It’s never too late to learn music!

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Which rosin do you use for your cello? This is my favourite ^^ (So far I only have tried Synwin, Pirastro & Melos light)




Wakaka this is so nice :-D I wish I was there to try :-D

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