First Step of Suzuki Method

1. Listen to the CD

Purchase suzuki Cello Book

Book purchase Site

2. Attend Suzuki activities

Visit Suzuki NSW Association site

3. Attend Cello Group Lesson

  find out the group lesson information

4. Make Suzuki Friend

Some of 

Dr Suzuki Quotes;

'Beautiful tone, beautiful heart'

 'A man is a son of his environment' 

'Potential of every child is unlimited' 

'Do not hurry, do not rest, do not give up'

'Any child can be developed, depends on how you develop him'

'Any child can be developed, depending on his parent; depending on his teacher; depending on himself'


All Suzuki Books 1-10

Sight Reading Exercise

Orchestra Music

Can play with piano accompaniment in any tempo

Can start from any bar

Can repeat any number of times

Can use Metronome, Chromatic Tuner

  • Anyone (slow down tempo without changing pitch) 

Slow down your music without changing the pitch while retaining amazing audio fidelity. Pick out every note to learn a piece or play along with your favourite tracks by starting slow and gradually increasing the tempo.

Create marks to enable quick navigation or set reminders of what’s coming up. Save multiple loops to work on that awesome solo or rehearse that tricky part. Create and share timed comments to communicate with your students or band mates.

  • Spotify (many different genres of music can be found here)

On mobile, you can listen to artists, albums and playlists in shuffle mode. Or choose a ready-made playlist to suit your mood. On tablet and computer, you can play any song, any time.

  • (you can download many different arrangements of pieces - Solo, Duet, Trio, Quartet, ensembles with different instruments)
  • Pano Tunor (chromatic tuner for tuning. iPhone, iPad compatible)


Another Suzuki Cello Teachers Website 

, London  Susanne Beer

Finger Map for the cello (you can download the finger map)

Graduation Levels for Suzuki Cello 

Information about 'Graduation' 

Note: Graduation candidates should be current Suzuki financial members (contact Suzuki NSW office) 

Procedure of the graduation for each level

1. Complete the piece - memorize, accurate intonation, performance tempo (the Suzuki CD is your guide), musical expression

2. Make the graduation recording with a teacher (not on your own)

3. Submit the recording through a teacher

4. Apply for graduation before the end of July

5. Perform at the Graduation Concert in November (Sydney Opera House)

6. You will receive your certificate through your teacher

Level 1 (Book 1) Minuet No. 2 by Bach 

Level 2 (Book 2) Witches' Dance by Paganini 

Level 3 (Book 3) Minuet in G by Beethoven 

Level 4 (Book 4) Sonata C Major by Breval - Mvt. 1

Level 5 (Book 5) Sonata in E minor by Vivaldi - Mvts. 1 & 2

Level 6 (Book 6) The Swan by Saint-Saens

Level 7 (Book 7) Gavotte in D by Popper 

Level 8 (Book 8) Elegie by Faure 

Level 9 (Book 9) Concerto in C Major by Haydn - Mvt. 1

Level 10 (Book 10) Concerto in Bb Major by Boccherini - entire concerto

Level 11 (beyond Book 10) Concerto in A minor by Saint-Saens - entire concerto

Left hand

The position of the left hand is one of the most essential things for playing cello well. 

The thumb must be placed in a relaxed, natural manner at the back of the neck, between the first and second fingers, forming a C-shaped hand.

For instance, in first position, when the first finger is put on the note 'E' (D string number 1), and the second finger on 'F' (D string number 2), the thumb should be at the back of the cello neck at a point between these two fingers.

In all four positions of the left hand on the cello neck, the thumb should always be opposite the interval formed by these two fingers, inorder that the hand may constantly preserve the same appearance.

Bow hold & Left hand fingers 

This bow hold is for the beginners

How do you find out if a cello is good?

Generally most student cello of small size is not high quality wood (good wood kept in the manufacture about 40 years in Europe- southern east Europe). The cello for student has much shorter life than proper good wood. The quality is getting down year by year. If the cello more than 10 years old price is down more than half of original price. Please do not buy without cello teacher's consultation. 

Advanced Bow hold  

The Bow Hair

The bow hair comes from horse tail. It is recommended to change the hair after 3 years (better if you change after 2 years)

Small student bows are usually made in China and it would cost less to buy a new bow (of course with new hair on it) than to change the hair on a bow you already have. 

Cello Hold 

 Youtube (public) Video clips for Suzuki Cello pieces

La Cinquantine (Bk3)

Humoresque (Bk3)

Scherzo (Bk3)

Tarantella (Bk 6)

What is the Cello?
The cello developed in the 1500s , as part of the ‘violin family’. So all the famous Italian violin makers  made cellos, too.

It wasn’t valued as anything more than a plodding support in the bass until the late 17th century.

 Bach’s six solo cello suites are great examples of this new appreciation. They’re amazing pieces, still performed and recorded all over the place today. 

But it was only in the 19th century that the cello  got more exciting, satisfying music to play in the orchestra – bits that stood out to be heard above everyone else. At last, it was fully appreciated! When you hear a cello, you wonder why it was so long ignored as a solo instrument. 

Some Youtube clips are giving so much idea about the music.

internet purchase information 

Cello strings, CD and books  ( You can order the strings with much cheaper price than local shops) ( you can find out any book on web, select cheapest one)

Fishpond (Australian site-- Suzuki book- cheaper than shops )


Extra Pieces  (recommended performance on youtube) 

This is not only the cello but also included excellent performance with violin, piano, orchestra

Rachmaninoff Vocalise 

Kol Nidrei, op. 47" Max Bruch

Dvořák Humoresque Yo Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman

GABRIEL-MARIE La Cinquantaine 

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