I got to about 8th grade on the cello in just over 18 months, but I studied violin full-time at conservatory. I had both the time to practice to the max and access to highly acclaimed artists/teachers.
Children who reach 8th grade have often been playing the piano for around 10 years. Some adults and older teens can do 8th grade piano in 3 years if they really want to, but they will miss some of the technical basics.
It takes most beginners about two to five years to learn the cello. This can vary depending on a variety of factors.
Children starting at age 7 or 8 would expect to complete one grade per year. But an adult who is already reading music and willing to practice a lot, and with tuition from a good teacher, might make it 5-6 years.
Many students wonder which instrument is more difficult: the violin or the cello? People who have tried both instruments tend to say that the cello is less difficult because of its more natural position. The position of the violin can feel awkward at first, but advanced violinists insist it will become natural over time.
The full version of Fur Elise is considered quite difficult, roughly an intermediate piece around Grade 5, but a shorter arrangement of just the famous section is often taught as well.
8th grade piano is a momentous achievement for many who have practiced the instrument for years, and achieving honors in 8th grade is widely respected among pianists of all ages and abilities – and the forever reason.
The ideal exercise duration is between 30 and 60 minutes per day, about five days a week. Young students/beginners should practice for the 30 minute side to avoid burnout, boredom or overuse injuries.
Guitar is much easier to learn than cello. The big advantage for guitarists is accessibility – guitars are generally cheaper than cellos, and learning to play the guitar doesn’t require as much commitment as a cello player.
Learning to play the cello is hard and it can be difficult to produce sounds for the first few months of practice. Remember that every cellist has gone through the same struggles. You can do it as long as you keep at it.
ABRSM Grade 8 is very difficult, especially the scales. Amateur adults should play scales in the keys of the music they play.
Typically, students would complete about one grade each year in school (so about 8 years in total to reach 8th grade), but this varies greatly depending on the student’s musical aptitude.
I have been playing the violin for 14/15 years and have completed grades 1-7. Grades 1, 2, and 3 passed fairly quickly, with only a few months between for grades 1 and 2, but there was a 2-year gap between grades 5 and 6, because of the theory of Grade 5, then 1 year for 6th grade and another for 7th grade.
For cellists, some of the most common ailments or ailments stem from inflammation, tenderness, and overuse injuries in the fingers, hands, and forearms. These show up as nerve pain, tendonitis and even carpal tunnel syndrome.
You may not become a solo performer, but you can play and share your love of music with others. People often say, “Isn’t it too late for me to start learning?”, but it’s never too late, You can start playing the cello at any age. The standard you achieve is irrelevant if you want to play the cello for fun.