Learn cello with Don Larson

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Whether the student's goal is to play within a professional orchestra or simply to start learning how to play the cello from the beginner's level, the basic principles Don teaches will make learning faster and easier. He will work with the student, starting with the basics of bow grip, bow stroke, posture, bow control, left-hand techniques, musical phrasing, ear training, and music theory. This course can be taken by students of any level from beginner to professional.

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Edmonds, WA
United States

Course Duration
12 Weeks
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English, German
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21 Years Experience
From: United States

Course Details

Over the course of 12 weeks, Don Larson will coach students in the fundamentals of the cello in 60 minutes, one to one sessions. He will use the following techniques to help students learn and progress:

  • Creating a good posture that will allow students to move along with the cello
  • Showing students how to properly hold and use the bow as there are various ways to do this, depending on what is being played
  • How to effectively pull the bow using weight
  • Correctly and effectively changing the direction of the bow using the fingers
  • Why it is important to use different bow speeds for different reasons
  • How to achieve the best possible tone from the cello
  • How to implement the left-hand technique correctly

Students must own or have access to a cello and a bow. Don will teach students of any level between beginner and professional and from eight years old onwards.

About the Teacher: Don Larson attended Juilliard, studying with Leonard Rose and Harvey Shapiro while also performing as a cellist in the New Jersey Symphony. After graduating in 1972, he continued playing with them symphony while studying privately with Harvey Shapiro. He has also lived in Europe where he was the principal cellist in a Swiss Orchestra for 3 years. As well as teaching, Don performs recitals with composer and pianist Peter V. Stevens, Lisa Maria d'Aquila, Akiko Kinney, and cellist Eric Wilson. He has performed in London, New York, Belgium, Germany, Vancouver, and Seattle.

The ipassio Edge

Students enrolling for this course on ipassio can be sure that they receive individual attention from the teacher, as the class strength is limited to 1 or 2 students. It also gives teachers the opportunity, to gauge their students progress in depth and make changes whenever and wherever required, to ensure the student gets the maximum out of this course. Since this course is detailed, students get the advantage of learning intricate details about this art form. The limited strength of the class also ensures that there is a strong bond between the students and their teacher clearing out any inhibitions that the student might have. The sustained guidance available from the teacher ensures that the student does not deviate from set goals or targets. Learning from a revered, experienced exponent of this art form, through the long duration of this course, keeps the student inspired and motivated to achieve more.


Don will email students the music they must learn and practice so books and music will not need to be sourced before classes. Purchasing a metronome is suggested, however, it is not completely necessary to the course.

Weekly Schedule

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Sun 02:30 PM - 04:00 PM America/New_York
Mon 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM America/New_York
Tue 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM America/New_York
Fri 01:30 PM - 04:00 PM America/New_York
Sat 01:30 PM - 04:00 PM America/New_York
2 Seats
Sun 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM America/New_York
Mon 04:30 PM - 08:30 PM America/New_York
Tue 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM America/New_York
Fri 04:30 PM - 08:30 PM America/New_York
Sat 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM America/New_York
2 Seats
+91-97400-50326 for any questions.


How much time should a student enrolling for this course practice everyday?
This course will require practice time outside of lessons. Time spent practicing may vary from 15 minutes per day to an hour, depending on a student’s level of interest. Students who wish to become professional musicians will need more hours of practice per day using a different set of exercises and materials than students who are seeking to learn music as a hobby. Detailed structure of practice for each student will be discussed and explained during class.
What if a student is unable to attend an upcoming class?
The student is required to inform the teacher about his absence from a particular session, two days prior to the class. In such a case, the teacher will reschedule the class and conduct the rescheduled class on or before the end (i.e. Saturday) of the ensuing week or such other time as may be mutually decided between the teacher and the student. In case the student misses to give two days prior notice about his absence to the teacher, then the decision to conduct another class for that student is completely based on teacher’s discretion.
What if the teacher wishes to reschedule a class?
In case the teacher is unavailable for the scheduled class, he/she will inform the students two days prior to the class. The teacher will conduct the rescheduled class on or before the end (i.e. Saturday) of the ensuing week or such other time as may be mutually decided between the teacher and the student.
How long will the teacher take to revert to a query raised after class hours?
Students should get a response within 24 hours if the teacher is not preoccupied or travelling.

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