My name is Elysia and I started playing the cello February 4, 2010 at the age of 26.


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  1. This is awesome. I started playing about a month after you at the age of 21. Its pretty frusterating buisness. Have you been using a certain method, and whats your favorite piece to play as of now?

    • I’ve been working out of the Feuillard method book for close to a year now with my teacher. My favorite piece to play is an étude by Dotzauer because it’s impossibly difficult to play it well! Yes, it can be very frustrating, but it’s a lot less difficult than never playing cello.

  2. I just found your blog and have enjoyed reading about your progress. I started playing the cello at age 65 (and you think YOU started late…lol). It’s a struggle, not just because of my age and some physical disabilities, but because I’m very short and have short arms and very small hands. I started on a 4/4 cello, but now play a 3/4. Reading about how you and your teacher approached stumbling blocks has given me a new insight into how I might improve. Thanks.

  3. Hi Elysia,
    how’s it going? are you still playing? I do hope so & hope that all’s well, as it’s been silent in the blogosphere for a while! But I thought of you this evening — in Powell’s Bookstore in Portland, a guy called Gary Marcus was doing an event for his new book /Guitar Zero: The New Musician and the Science of Learning/. He’s a cognitive psychologist & set out to learn guitar when he was 40, and to seek answers to the questions like “Do you have to start at the age of six?” etc it sounded like an interesting account of the power & plasticity of the brain (from his science background) combined with his personal story… But as someone who now knows quite a few adult beginner musicians (bloggers and blog readers comprising a fair few of them!), it was almost surprising to me the extent to which he appeared to define his audience as people who really thought that adults not only never could, but never even tried to learn to play musical instruments! We know otherwise, eh? 🙂 Thought you might like it, though, if you’re still thinking about these things a lot!

  4. Hi! Love your blog! Gives me hope! I ‘officially’ started at 31…. Been drudging through the Feuillard etudes for about a year now and a bit of suzuki. Kind of feel that I’ve reached a standstill in my playing… o,O. Do you have any advice on what can help with sight reading/theory? Have you started vibrato?
    Any insight would be great! Will keep reading for inspiration!


  5. Hi! thank you so much for your posts. You are inspiring I just starte playing the cello (4 days already) and your posts are really helpful.

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