Halloween is only 10 days away. Here are five cello tricks and treats to help you celebrate.
1. Tricks! Learn How to Make Halloween Sound Effects on Your Cello
We love this video by Liz, a professional multi-genre cellist in Austin, Texas, from Cellomoji. Watch to learn how to create spooky cello sound effects.
This is a great activity for young cellists and teachers looking for Halloween-themed cello skills. Even if you don’t play the cello, this video is still very entertaining. Which is your favorite? (Please tell us in the comments.)
2. Cello Tricks! Costume Time
Have you ever dressed your cello up for the holidays? A carefully chosen hat or accessory can add some Halloween spirit to cello lessons and practice time.
This pirate hat is one example we found.
When selecting a costume, use common sense to choose items that won’t harm your instrument. For example, always check to make sure that the costume has no rough pieces that will scratch or rub on the cello. Also, make sure that the costume doesn’t get in the way of playing or tuning.
Cat or small dog costumes, particularly hats or head coverings, are most effective. However, sometimes you have to be creative in attaching the costume, as animal ears and cello scrolls are anatomically different.
Another idea is to make your own. Be sure to share your cello costume photos with us.
3. Treats! Listen to Halloween-Themed Music
Get into the Halloween spirit by listening to Halloween-themed cello music.
The Haunted House by Steven Isserlis, Performed by the Composer and Pianist Stephen Hough
A Stunning Performance of David Popper’s “Elfentanz,” by Gautier Capuçon and the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris conducted by Douglas Boyd
“Hedwig’s Theme” from the Harry Potter Series, Performed by GnuS Cello
4. Treats! Wear a Costume While Playing the Cello*
Have you ever played the cello while wearing a costume? Here are some examples we like:
“Havana” by Camila Cabello Featuring Young Thug – Cover Arranged and Performed by the Brooklyn Duo and Friends
A mask can change everything. Which is your favorite?
Tina Guo plays in beautiful costumes in her Kung Fu Panda cover.
The 2CELLOS use beautiful cinematography and wonderful costumes in their Gladiator cover.
There are wonderful costume effects using blacklight in this one!
Steven Sharp Nelson (the cellist of the Piano Guys) channels his inner Jedi in this mashup of Star Wars melodies. (Watch out for that mind trick in the closing credits – it really works.)
5. Treats for Cellists! Halloween Music to Play on Your Cello
Get in the Halloween spirit with music for you and/or your students. Virtual Sheet Music has several options for cello and many other instruments as well.
Our favorites are their Halloween Collection for two cellos, rated for intermediate to advanced players, and their Halloween Collection for cello and piano, which comes in an easy or intermediate version.
Each one has about 100 pages, including both parts and title and end pages. You can hear and see samples on their website, so it’s easy to determine which choice is right for you. Click the following link to have a look.
Please tell us about your Halloween-related cello activities in the comments. Have a safe and happy Halloween!
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