Brad Slepicka

~ Experience learning as a journey


Cello Project – EMUS 499

Final Reflection

I once heard that if you throw a clock out the window, you will see time fly. Apparently, that is also the case when you learn to play the cello. I honestly cannot believe that three and a half months have gone by and I am already writing what is supposed to be my “final” reflection. Continue reading “Final Reflection”


Cello and Goodbye

Hey all! This week marks the end of the semester and that means that there is going to be some changes happening in regards to how you experience the cello project. Continue reading “Cello and Goodbye”

Humoresque Indeed

Well hello there! It’s great to have all of you back reading about another week in the life of a beginner cellist. And jeepers, let me tell you, it has been an eventful week indeed – especially when it comes to developing a sense of humor.

Continue reading “Humoresque Indeed”

The Silent Treatment

Hey folks! Although the semester is nearing wrap-up time, the pressure of practice and performance is at amp-it-up time. Sheesh, I am feeling it. However (more like thank goodness), I actually learned something from the time that I have been both putting into and taking out of my practice schedule this week. Continue reading “The Silent Treatment”

Shh.. The Notes are Speaking

Greetings my faithful blog followers! What an interesting week it has been! This week ranged from more collaborative work all the way to a very specific AHA! moment on an independent level. However, for this post, I will stick mainly to the independent portion – no spoilers in this post, sorry! Continue reading “Shh.. The Notes are Speaking”

Slur of the Notes

Aye! Top o’ the mornin’ to ya! Now, I know that St. Patrick’s day is quite near, but don’t  you worry. When I talk about slurring in this week’s post, I am not referring to the way you start talking after a little too much celebration at the pub! Continue reading “Slur of the Notes”

Up Bow, Down Bow, Don’t Know

Hey there! It’s that time of the week again! I know some of you have been anxiously waiting for the next update on my cello project; so, here we go with more bow talk. Continue reading “Up Bow, Down Bow, Don’t Know”

Keep Calm & Cello On

Well people, I am finally back! I am sure that most of you have noticed I was missing in action last week. It turns out that it was Winter Break here at the U of R; however, I am not entirely sure it was much of a break due to some serious technical difficulties. So, you will get a two for one deal with this week’s post! Continue reading “Keep Calm & Cello On”

Shifty Business

Hello fellow blog followers! We are back for another week here in cello world and sheesh, it has been quite the week indeed. You definitely start to find out you are a true cello nerd when you still manage to fit in all your practice time in even though you have three mid-terms and an assignment due! Continue reading “Shifty Business”

Picked and Bowed

So what happens when a beginner cellist gets together to play with an astounding guitarist? That is a great question! In this week’s case, you end up firing the canned piano player and getting a completely live version of Blackbird by The Beatles. Continue reading “Picked and Bowed”

Now or Never

Hi all! I am sure some of you have been wondering what I have been up to on the cello this week. If so, you are in luck! However, this week’s post will look at it from a slightly different angle and talk about some of my thoughts and feelings towards this whole process.

Continue reading “Now or Never”


Hey guys! This week I took my playing and musical tastes in a completely different direction in terms of what I usually choose as repertoire. I actually played something from this decade!

Continue reading “#HavanaOohNaNa”

(Un)Listenable Evidence

Alright! Now that I have talked about some of the more fundamental skills that I have been working on in my earlier post, Kermit, Zombies, and Grapes, I am going to let you hear what that sounds like! Continue reading “(Un)Listenable Evidence”

Kermit, Zombies, and Grapes

So what do all three of those things have in common? The answer is quite a bit actually, when you are considering what your hands should be doing while you are playing the cello! Continue reading “Kermit, Zombies, and Grapes”

Yo-Yo Minus Ma

Alright, alright, alright… If you don’t get the joke in the title, I’ll explain it!

As most of you know by now, for my EMUS 499 project I have chosen to take up the cello and perhaps become the next world famous cellist, like Yo-Yo Ma. Inevitability, I will live up to two thirds of his name, and just be a Yo-Yo. But what can I say, it’s worth a shot! Continue reading “Yo-Yo Minus Ma”

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