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Quite possibly the Cello version of Fiddlerman
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iBud
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Aloha everyone,

I was cruising around on YouTube and came across a gentleman by the name of Hans Zentgraf, an excellent cellist who, like @Fiddlerman, has instructional videos on how to play an instrument from the very beginning, in his case the cello.  He has a very good teaching technique, and the camera work is very good as well, showing closeups of the left hand technique he uses.  I still may end up getting a cello and started watching the videos for my own edification, but also wanted to share them with those interested.  Here is the first one (if you have autoplay enabled in YouTube, the rest of them will follow):

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Fiddlerman
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September 14, 2015 - 1:59 pm
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Do I need to get a bow tie? LOL

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but the one who needs the least."

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Aloha @Fiddlerman,

You've done much more than he has - no need for a bow tie.  I was speaking to his videos, which are quite well done, albeit using the German humor style.  It's all a ploy to get you to the pay part of his site, but the free stuff is amazing, assuming one has the discipline to actually go through all the exercises.  I really like how he explains things - he breaks them down very well.

I don't know how many people on this forum are exploring the cello, but one thing he points our is that our fingers are somewhat naturally spread about a semitone apart on the cell fingerboard, vice being about a whole tone apart as on the violin.  That makes the fingering a bit different.  For example, the third tone in a scale is played by using the 4th finger to press down the string down on a cello, vice using the 3rd finger on a violin.  On another video, he explains why 4th position is actually better than 1st position, as it allows more expression.  I have stuck with 1st position on the violin, as that is, currently, the easiest for me.  

I would like to pursue both instruments, space and wife willing, and I think his videos are some of the best I've seen.  He still can't measure up to you, @Fiddlerman!

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What a great resource @iBud!!!

Pierre.... yes.. please get a bow tie. LOLOLOL

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Bow ties are cool

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@Dan-Hur I'm glad I wasn't the only one with that quote stuck in my head, lol.

~ I'm not torturing cats... I'm learning to play violin! ~

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My luthier's apprentice, "David" plays cello in this video. I saw him Monday when I was in the shop. He told me to look up, "The Normandies" - "Asunder"

A couple months ago he gave me one of their CD's. David is far left on the album cover.

He was cutting a new cello bridge while we chatted.

 

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Here is a carbon fiber cello that was hanging around my luthiers shop. I guess he must have sold it it wasn't in there last week when I was there.

If you click on the photo and zoom in, you can see the weave pattern surface of the cello.

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Fiddlerman
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October 6, 2015 - 10:55 am
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Looks like a Luis and Clark cello. Not cheap and well respected.

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I too have been toying with the idea of branching out, trying my hand at a cello (husband permitting).  Even at the point I am now at violin, I love the sound and it is very enjoyable.  Perhaps next year.  And Pierre, I like the baseball caps and t-shirts myself. 

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The last time I was there, a week or so ago, I asked, Mark if he had sold it because I didn't see it in his cello room. He said he hadn't, then I asked the price and when he told me, my words were, "OMG that much, yikes"

I'll be going there again this coming Saturday, I'll find out for sure, but if I recall (at my age), the price for the CF cello was over 10K.

He is relocating his shop and moving to a larger one, almost doubling the size from 1,800 sq. ft to just over 3,000 sq. ft.

Mark does a lot or rentals for the schools, with nearly 700 violins rented out and around 150 violas, 50 cello's and about 10 double bass' and very reasonably priced.

http://markschwartzviolins.com/

 

Ken.

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@fiddlerguy: Yes, I asked, Mark yesterday and it is a Luis and Clark cello, but I was a bit high with the 10K, it's only 7K.

This is not even a fifth of the big stuff he has to move to his new location.

 

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I dread the day which is coming soon that we have to move. We have been looking for a new location for the past 6 months and making offers on a few places. It'll probably be right after Christmas. Hope the move goes well for him. 🙂

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Wow.. a Fiddleshop Move after Christmas... I can't say I wish a move on anyone.. but it must mean good news for the FS.. Congrats.. and good luck with the move.!!! 

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Fiddlerman
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Thanks Toni. We are doing great!!!

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Fiddlerman said
I dread the day which is coming soon that we have to move. We have been looking for a new location for the past 6 months and making offers on a few places. It'll probably be right after Christmas. Hope the move goes well for him. 🙂

I think it will go well, he's decided to hire people to move. He's still doing business during the move.

 

Ken.

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