Chinese Proverb

"Tell me and I'll forget. Show me and I may remember. Involve me and I'll understand." - Chinese Proverb.

Improvising Cellists

Why should I learn how to improvise?

All the Greats did it!! Bach, Handel, Mozart, and the list goes on and on... And how awesome would it be to show up and start jamming with people without looking at music sheets or whatever?

Here's a great blog post on great improvisers:

In my opinion, it's the purest form of creating and sharing music! I honestly can't improvise... I think I'm still too much of a newb (I need to know my scales better and have some more music theory under my belt perhaps?), but it is on my To-Do List!!! ;). ...ugh... soooo many ideas and music to play with the cello... so little time!! noooo!!!

Below are some well-known improvising cellists (in no particular order):

Gideon Freudmann


Eugene Friesen
Vermont Improv Intensive 
Bellows Falls, Vermont
July 10-13, 2014

Creative Cello Workshop
Bellows Falls, Vermont
July 31 - August 3, 2014

David Baker

Erik Friedlander

Mike Block

Florida - Mike Block String Camp
June 30 - July 5, 2014
All ages, levels & stylistic backgrounds

And of course, Mark O'Conner, who is a violinist, but is leading the way for a new teaching method (O'Conner Method) that includes learning how to improvise on stringed instruments. If you don't know his name - you should! :). I would not be surprised if his method becomes as popular as the Suzuki method or replaces it entirely! Seriously.


  1. Oh my, you forgot Ernst Reijseger! :)

    1. ...heh, heh... oops, please excuse my ignorance! I didn't 'forget'... I didn't 'know'! :)

      Thanks for pointing him out and - WOOWW!!!
      He has some ridiculously awesome YouTube videos - cello played like a guitar, complex pizz and strumming, ghosting harmonics, slides, rubbing his cello with spit (lol!!), etc., so many different techniques within each video. I'll be busy watching his videos for a while! ;)

      ...jeez... still learning the basics and then I see something like this and then it's like "darn, there is just so MUCH to do with the cello!!!! ...wish I would have picked it up sooner!"