Technique: Teaching rhythm and bowing to beginners

Screen Shot 2019-11-14 at 12.48.31

How to inspire very young musicians to learn new cello playing skills

Before children start to play an instrument, I believe it is essential that they learn to read simple rhythms and sing in tune. I recommend teaching very young children these skills for one or two terms before they first pick up the cello. After that, continued rhythm work can be used to help them develop their bowing skills before they start to think about pitch. When they have a well-established understanding of how to read different rhythmic patterns and how to play them with the bow, they can concentrate on the more diffcult task of pitch reading.

Read more in The Strad’s December 2019 issue…

Subscribe now to keep reading …

This article is available exclusively to subscribers – subscribe now

Already subscribed? Please sign in

Strad subscription

We’re delighted that you are enjoying our website. To access this content you need to be a subscriber.

As a subscriber you’ll receive:

  • Monthly issues* packed with news, interviews and features
  • Special supplements including Accessories, Degrees, Cremona and String Courses
  • A monthly digital edition and an archive of online issues going back to January 2010
  • Full access to all premium online content on
  • Two posters a year and the annual Strad Directory*

*To receive the posters, the Strad Directory and issues and supplements in print, you will need to take out a print + online package

 If you are not ready to subscribe, register now to enjoy a selection of free content (excludes premium subscriber-only articles)