Trad on Cello

Polkas, Slides, Jigs

In this first Trad on Cello course I show you how to play traditional Irish Polkas, Slides and Jigs in an authentic way on the cello. All the tunes are from my collection of traditional Irish fast tunes “Trad on Cello”

Take the lessons at your own pace. I recommend focus on one set a week, and in four short weeks you will learn to develop your traditional cello playing to really sound authentic through technical tips and learning the tunes. Plus you will have nine new traditional tunes which you will never forget! You can play them in sessions with friends, on your own, or even film yourself playing the tunes along with me on the second cello accompaniment videos included.

Trad on Cello - Polkas, Slides and Jigs has been developed from my work teaching Irish Cello Retreats, private lessons, and as tutor at the University County Cork. The tutorials show and encourage you in a kind and positive way;
  • The right way to play a Polka
  • How get the swing in a Slide
  • The way to look at a written jig and interpret the feel
  • Keep motivated on the cello
  • Fall back in love with your cello
  • Discover a new way of approaching the cello
  • Learning by memory


It is important to continually expand your repertoire and styles of playing to feed your passion for music and to keep your playing fresh. Adding new feels to your playing can help you express the emotions you want to through the cello. Get inspired by the lessons in this course, learn the pieces, expand your repertoire and play the way you want to hear!



The videos include;

  • Innovative music reading software making for easy to follow music
  • Clear direction to help you learn the tunes in a traditional sounding way
  • Video lessons of each set of tunes 
  • Play through of each set of tunes
  • Play through of second cello accompaniment for each set 
  • Graded from Intermediate to Advanced

Other lesson material includes;
  • Introduction with technical tips, descriptions of Polkas, Slides and Jigs and a brief description of each tune
  • Sheet music of each tune with second cello part included


Benefits of the Course

  • New exciting repertoire
  • Develop your tone spectrum
  • Play music you can use in trad sessions
  • Arrangements for two cello parts by a cellist for a cellist
  • Develop technique in a fun way
  • Discover the joy of playing trad Irish tunes
  • Expand your style and deepen your love of your cello

Bonuses Included

Discussion platform in course and direct email access to Ilse

Sheet music to download, including the complete book Trad on Cello (Value €20)

Two Irish solo cello arrangements on course completion (Value €10.00)

A personal invitation to join the Play Cello Music School Facebook group where you can post videos of yourself playing, ask questions, and I will give you feedback 

Take your cello playing further!

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Ilse de Ziah
Ilse de Ziah
MA Music

Meet your Teacher

I have run many workshops for cellists and other string players over the years and presently teach at University College Cork, conduct the Cork Light Orchestra, play contemporary 'deep listening' music with the Quiet Music Ensemble, work in theatre and play cello in many different styles, from Irish, Jazz, Rock and Roll to Classical. This has given me a broad experience of all the ways one can make a cello speak. I publish solo cello pieces I arrange and compose in my online store Play Cello Music 

I saw a need for quality solo pieces that are challenging but not impossible, sound great, and develop technique but are not studies. I wanted music for cellists that when someone asks 'play for me, I love the cello' there is an alternative to the Prelude. (beautiful though it is!) I aim to help students improve through playing music they love, to develop technique, style and confidence.

A collection of high quality lessons to learn Polkas, Slides and Jigs

12 Videos
4 Surveys
2 Texts
15 PDFs
1 Disqus
8.0

Praise for Irish Airs for Solo Cello course:

What a Gift To Cellists!

The clarity and detail of Ilse's instruction is top notch. It is not just about the right notes and bowings but how to harness your instrument to create that haunting emotion that airs are known for. All with the ability to slow the video down. ...

by Bob Morrow

Inspiring and really useful

I started learning the cello a few years ago and early on discovered Ilse's YouTube channel. I have always had a soft spot for the haunting nature of Celtic music and was delighted when I bought a copy of her Airs for Solo Cello book that it cam...

by Carol Haynes

Such a great course for a wonderful music

Ilse’s arrangements of these wonderful airs fit extremely well for the cello. The way they are set is very cellistic, they use all registers and effects of the instrument and they bring the best out of it. These arrangements contain different leve...

by Rasso Steinmann

What a Gift To Cellists!

The clarity and detail of Ilse's instruction is top notch. It is not just about the right notes and bowings but how to harness your instrument to create that haunting emotion that airs are known for. All with the ability to slow the video down. ...

by Bob Morrow

Inspiring and really useful

I started learning the cello a few years ago and early on discovered Ilse's YouTube channel. I have always had a soft spot for the haunting nature of Celtic music and was delighted when I bought a copy of her Airs for Solo Cello book that it cam...

by Carol Haynes

Such a great course for a wonderful music

Ilse’s arrangements of these wonderful airs fit extremely well for the cello. The way they are set is very cellistic, they use all registers and effects of the instrument and they bring the best out of it. These arrangements contain different leve...

by Rasso Steinmann

EXCELLENT COURSE !!!!!

Having first purchased the book and CD, I was eager to purchase the course when it became available. Ilse has done an excellent job on the tutorials. Her explanations of the arrangements and demonstrations are very easy to follow. I also find t...

by Chris Podlaskowski

Discover the joy and craic of playing Irish music on the cello!

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