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Instruments > Cello > Cello with Mike Block

with Mike Block

Mike Block has built a truly comprehensive video library with hundreds of multi-style cello lessons online. Students have access to cello lessons, play-along backing tracks and a free book of cello etudes. Learn how to play the cello in many styles from a virtuoso.

 Classical to contemporary styles  Rhythmic exercises

 Shifting & bowing tips  Sheet music & backing tracks

Mike Block

What You'll Learn

What ultimately sets these cello lessons apart from other offerings is the ability to submit a video for review using the ArtistWorks Video Exchange Learning® platform. Mike reviews each submission and records a video response, offering specific guidance to take your cello playing to the next level. All students can access the Video Exchange library and watch each other’s interactions with Mike. This library is constantly expanding and may contain the key to unlock your playing.

Top Quality Cello Lessons

  • 100s of cello lessons at your own pace
  • All levels and styles of playing welcome
  • Slow Motion & Looping on videos

About Mike Block

Mike Block is a pioneering multi-style cellist and composer, who first joined Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble while pursuing his Master's at Juilliard. Known for the unorthodox style of playing cello while standing up, Mike was the first standing cellist to perform at Carnegie Hall. He has served as music director for musicians as diverse as Yo-Yo Ma, Bobby McFerrin and Damian Woetzel (Principal at NYC Ballet) among others. He is a solo performer and has recorded with a wide range of musicians including Stevie Wonder, Alison Krauss, Edgar Meyer, Tim O’Brien, Lenny Kravitz and many others. Since 2015, Mike has been teaching online music lessons at ArtistWorks.

Cello Lessons


  • Getting Started - Submit an Introduction Video
  • What is this Instrument I'm Holding?
  • Sitting Posture
  • Tuning the Cello
  • The Ants Song
  • Rosining & Tightening the Bow
  • Right Hand Bow Hold
  • Long Tones
  • Call & Response
  • Left hand Position
  • Left Wrist & Arm Position
  • “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”
  • “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” Variations
  • Bow Circles
  • D Major - Scale
  • D Major - Scale Rhythms
  • D Major - Arpeggio
  • D Major - Improvisation
  • “Theme from Ode to Joy” by Beethoven
  • “Boil Them Cabbage Down”
  • “Boil Them Cabbage Down” Variations
  • Guide Tone Improvisation
  • “Dies Irae”
  • “Little Liza Jane” (Beginner Bluegrass Tune)
  • D Major - Rhythmic Improvisation
  • Write a Tune in D Major
  • Beginning Vibrato
  • Beginning Vibrato Development
  • “French Folk Song”
  • “Summertime”
  • D Minor - Scale
  • D Minor - Arpeggio
  • D Minor - Improvisation
  • “Cluck Old Hen” (Beginner Bluegrass Tune)
  • Write a Tune in D Minor
  • D Minor Pentatonic - Scale
  • D Minor Pentatonic - Improvisation
  • “Yanguan”
  • Write a Tune in D Minor Pentatonic
  • “You Are My Sunshine”
  • C Major - Scale & Arpeggio
  • C Major - Improvisation (Beginner)
  • “Minuet in C Major” by Bach
  • Write a Tune in C Major
  • G Major - Scale & Arpeggio
  • G Major - Improvisation
  • “Blackberry Blossom” (Beginner Bluegrass Tune)
  • “Blackbird”
  • G Minor Pentatonic - Scale & Arpeggio
  • G Minor Pentatonic - Improvisation
  • Write a Tune in G
  • Stretching Before & After Playing
  • “La Cucaracha”
  • A Major - Scale & Arpeggio
  • A Major - Improvisation
  • “Cripple Creek” (Beginner Bluegrass Tune)
  • “Atholl Highlander's Jig”
  • Write a Tune in A Major
  • “Lullaby” by Brahms
  • F Major - Scale & Arpeggio
  • F Major - Improvisation
  • Write a Tune in F Major
  • Eb Major - Scale & Arpeggio
  • Eb Major - Improvisation
  • “Deep River”
  • Write a Tune in Eb Major
  • C Minor - Scale & Arpeggio
  • C Minor - Improvisation (Beginner)
  • Write a Tune in C Minor
  • “Money in the Pocket” (Beginner Jazz Tune)
  • C Minor Pentatonic - Scale
  • C Minor Pentatonic - Improvisation (Beginner)
  • C Major Pentatonic - Scale
  • C Major Pentatonic - Improvisation (Beginner)
  • Alternating Scale - Improvisation (Beginner)
  • “C Jam Blues” (Beginner Jazz Tune)
  • Recommended Gear
  • Standing Posture
  • Installing the Block Strap
  • Adjusting the Block Strap
  • Block Strap V2 - Installing the Block Strap V2
  • Block Strap V2 - Adjusting the Block Strap V2
  • Miscellaneous Topics

+ Intermediate

+ Advanced

+ Bluegrass

+ Jazz

+ Classical

+ Rhythmic & Chordal Playing

+ Contemporary Cello Etudes

+ Cello Reference Topics

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What's In This Plan

  • Unlimited Access to Lessons
  • Unlimited Access to Video Exchange Library
  • 1 Video Submission to Teacher
  • Music Theory Workshop
  • Acoustic Guitar 101