Skype Cello lessons,
Studio lessons,
 and more!

Cello Lessons


Online lessons in the comfort of your own home

CelloTeacherGuy offers advanced online lessons via Skype. Free 20 minute lesson-consultation based on availability. Email or use Contact Form for questions.
  • Lessons payable via PayPal. Lessons on scheduled basis only
  • No travel time.
  • Easy one click payment via PayPal.

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I base my fees upon almost 25 years of experience

Skype lesson costs: 30 minute lessons work well for “pre-twinklers” (4-5 years old) because the attention-span of a four to five year old can usually last about that time or shorter and the student must be working with a parent. And I like to take some time with the parent(s) as well. 30 minute lessons are also ideal for the older young beginner such as a 6-9 years old.

All lessons are preferred to be paid, monthly as you will receive a five percent discount!  A lesson-plan can be made to your preference to times available.  (Times in fact are based upon time zones at everyone’s convenience.) 

  • 30 minute lesson: $30 singularly, $114 with pre-paid monthly discount
  • 45 minute lesson: $35 singularly, $133 with pre-paid monthly discount
  • 60 minute lesson: $60 singularly, $228 with pre-paid monthly discount

(hour-long lessons are for older more advanced students who are studying a lot of music and preparing for Regionals or Allstate etc.) Your area’s Regionals or Allstate music should be sent to me via pdf or fax:  fax number given out after establishing lessons, thanks!)


PERSONAL STUDIO LESSONS in the Phoenix Arizona area, are done at Andrew’s Fine Violins, just off the 60 at Dobson Road. 
Please contact me at my email address, Contact Form, or on Facebook.

Suzuki Instruction and teaching philosophy  

I believe that the Suzuki Method is the best way to start both children and even adults. But I also think that once we get into book one with the exception of “pre-twinklers” that beginning notes should be read unless you or your son/daughter is/are very young.  Reading notes can easily be done via another series of books I use in tandem with the Suzuki method. You can also adjust your Skype camera lens to handle two siblings or even a neighbor’s child of around the same age who would like to start cello with them. A learning partner can be fun and inspiring!  
I believe as well that positive reinforcement is the way to go, especially with young students with a lot of parental involvement.  With older students, it is whichever approach you approve for me to take.

For beginning students

Setting up a cello…

Beginning students need help getting used to hearing the cello strings and a tuner really makes it easier, some even fit on the pegbox The upper part of  the cello) so they are right at your young student’s ear.  For finger placement there are several ways you can do it and I’ll let you know what is best for your student when we begin lessons.  There is a correct and easy way to set a Suzuki bow hold without tension right from the get go. And you’ll learn what a camel’s hump is!

Books and instruments

What you’ll need…

All books are available online at or you can purchase, order or buy them at your favorite local music store: start with Suzuki book 1 only which is needed for young students such as “pretwinklers” and 6 to 7 year olds. (Both must work with a parent).  Instruments from full to eighth size can be rented at: 

Students 6-7 years of age can start with book one along with the other beginning technique book in tandem with Suzuki because it helps with note reading and also learning the cello strings and fingering.  And for older students I believe that note reading is crucial. Older students (8-9) years of age should not skip book one but make their way through it quickly under my guidance. All students that are advanced can join in where they are in their studies though I may change things such as position and bow hold.



As I mentioned, in the beginning it’s all about being positive and making sure no one gets frustrated.  Things not working?  Take a break, do something fun and then try again.  Trust me – it works!  Correcting hand and arm position is crucial actually for all students and vibrato to me is what works best with the student (though I do not like arm vibrato and think it causes needless problems).

Solo Work and concertos

More advanced music…

The Solo J.S. Bach Suites are essential to every cellist’s repertoire and I will teach them as soon as the students are technically available to the music.

With concertos, I usually start with the Goltermann 4, move on to the Boccherini or Saint-Saens, as there is a lot to learn with both of these concertos. There many sonatas, from Breval to Brahms to Shostakovich depending on how advanced the student is.

Remember, the Dvorak (pronounced D-vorsh-ak) is a wonderful concerto to hear via many recordings with great players like the astonishing Yo-Yo Ma or the superb Mstislav Rostropovichs’ recordings – but Dvorak is not the first concerto to start with! By the way, listening to the famous cellists from Jacqueline Dupre to Yo-Yo Ma and Rostropovich and many more - is very important to do! They all have great sound and listening to how they create that sound is an important part of learning as well.  There are many recordings I can recommend too!


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