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Fiddlerman
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September 3, 2015 - 8:02 am
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I just added some cello forums here. It would be interesting to see how many of you play or have played the cello. 🙂

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cello-004.JPGImage EnlargerThank you for this area to talk about playing cello.  I had searched the net and was unable to find a place where people could talk comfortably.  I guess I did not realize just how special this site really is,,so thanks again.
I just bought my cello from a man that stored it in his closet for two years.  It had been played twice.  It's a Cecilio 500, it is beautiful and sounds great, even with cecilio strings.  I have put tape on the fingerboard and have run the scales, but I am reluctant to do much more until the essential elements book gets here.  I will try not to learn bad habits on this as I did with the violin.

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Super cool addition. I love the cello, but it's too big and scary for me. Maybe someday I'll learn viola, but I don't think I could manage a cello. I wonder though because you hear all the time how challenging the violin is to play but I feel like the cello would be much more difficult. 

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From this site, I became quite smitten with the viola, now recently I am in love with the cello. (what's next lol)... I was watching an interview with cellist Eicca Toppinen, who stated that yes, the cello is difficult but not as difficult as the violin. 

But I'm not prepared to put in 3-5 hours of practice per day....:(

Cindy

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I've been struggling with violin for about 3 years now, and just can't manage to sound 'correct'.

Bought a cello from the mother of a teen who got bored with it ... cheap ... and fell immediately in love with my impulse buy.  It really is easier to play than the violin ... you've got your instrument grounded, and clasped between the knees, and overall even wrong notes sound so much more mellow than a screeching violin/fiddle.

Now, if I could just find time to practise both of them ... even for a little while every day, my life would be so much more relaxed.  I suffer constant guilt from neglecting my babies.

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@Robyn.fnq  Hello Hello....

I had a cello for a year... I am kicking myself for getting rid of it.  I mean in someways it was better because I did really focus more on the violin.

Like Robyn said, even the wrong notes sound mellow..and I like sitting there bowing it. I had made up my mind to learn some guitar instead of cello...

Like I said.. I regret getting rid of it.. but I can get another cello some day.  I hope to hear more cello talk.. ( I can be enabled again).

@MrYikes congrats on your beautiful cello. I found the Essential Elements book one for cello to be wonderful... I was able to follow and do the lessons easily.  🙂  Good luck and happy bowing in all you do.

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Fiddlerman
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September 5, 2015 - 3:02 pm
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MrYikes said
Thank you for this area to talk about playing cello.  I had searched the net and was unable to find a place where people could talk comfortably.  I guess I did not realize just how special this site really is,,so thanks again.
I just bought my cello from a man that stored it in his closet for two years.  It had been played twice.  It's a Cecilio 500, it is beautiful and sounds great, even with cecilio strings.  I have put tape on the fingerboard and have run the scales, but I am reluctant to do much more until the essential elements book gets here.  I will try not to learn bad habits on this as I did with the violin.

Thanks for suggesting it to begin with MrYikes. I'm more than happy to do it. Great idea by the way!!!

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I'm new to the cello and loving it. I really love that it's similar enough to violin to feel familiar but different in so many ways that it is a completely separate hobby than violin. I worked my way through most of essential elements 1 and through most of Suzuki book 1. I hope to make my cello debut in the Addams Family Group project!

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Sounds like a great plan Just4Fun 🙂

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Aloha @Fiddlerman,

I would like to play the cello, but I don't what CINCHouse would thing of that.  The spacing between the semitones are naturally further apart, and the bow is a bit different, but I like the sitting down part.  It seems that one would have less left-hand issues, as the left hand is situated more naturally.  

For those with money flow issues, I saw that Kennedy Violins rents cellos, and the rent paid counts against the future purchase of the cello, assuming you like what you're renting.  Their selection is not as good as what @Fiddlerman in his store, however.

I, too really like the smooth, soothing sound of a cello, and now that I can at least make sounds on my fiddle, I should also be able to make sounds on a cellocool 

Unfortunately, while my wife was driving three of our nieces home last night, she got t-boned going through an intersection.  The other driver, not realizing his mistake, only tried to brake about a half block before his red light, and failed.  The side curtain air bags deployed and our car was hit pretty severely on the driver's side, so the possibility exists that it will be considered a total loss.  It is a Mercedes ML350, and everyone inside came through with negligible injuries.  The fact that it could be totaled means that I'll have to get another car, and the possibility of getting a cello just isn't here at the moment. Still, I can dream, right?!?

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Would it be rash to even go look at a 3/4 size cello? Someone in town is selling one, and although I don't know much details yet, it could be a good snag.  I'm 5'3, and most of the sizing guides would indicate a 4/4 size except for the span of my fingers, which seems small. 

@iBud so sorry to hear about the accident, thankfully no one was hurt badly and hope the insurance comes through!

@MrYikes - congrats on the impulse buy!

Toni  @coolpinkone- too bad you sold your cello, but your violin playing sounds just lovely! 

Cindy

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Fiddlerman
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I'm not really sure about playing a 3/4 size cello. It's a great question though. The biggest difference would be the smaller sound. I don't think it would be a problem with fingering what so ever.

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I am too new to cello to give advice, but I will anyway.  If the 3/4 can be had at a significant price it would be a good use of your money.  I have seen cello advice indicating that from 5'0 to 5'5, a 3/4 is a good size, but even more it takes time to adjust to this larger piece of wood and a 3/4 can make the unweildy at least manageable.  Further, your first one will probably not be your last or only.  I know mine already has bow rash on the a string side c bout.  And you can always resell it later.  There is a good stretch between first and fourth finger so a smaller size would help.

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MrYikes said
I am too new to cello to give advice, but I will anyway.  If the 3/4 can be had at a significant price it would be a good use of your money.  I have seen cello advice indicating that from 5'0 to 5'5, a 3/4 is a good size, but even more it takes time to adjust to this larger piece of wood and a 3/4 can make the unweildy at least manageable.  

Thanks for the info, and since the date you joined is my birthday (not the year obviously lol) I'm also going to take that as a sign that this is worth considering if it sounds decent.  I'll let ya'll know how it pans out (if it does).   Haven't heard back from the seller yet.

@fiddlerguy, I never even thought of the sound not being as big..good to know..

Cindy

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I had not seen Fiddlerman's comment, but now that I have I would suggest paying attention to him rather than me.  The longer you are on this site, the more you will recognize him as being the most honest and knowledgeable person here.

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Hi all, I started with a violin in February of 2015, and have enjoyed it immensely.  I upgraded to another (Fiddlerman) one in the summer, and then in November for my birthday got a cello as it was intriguing and I thought similar enough to catch on to quickly.  The practices, if you follow one after the other, are a bit tough.  I do better if I do them at separate times of the day.  But I love the sound of the cello, even as a novice.  I agree with the comments above, it is more forgiving in some ways.  However, it is also more real work.  My right arm does way more work and my left hand travels up and down a fair bit, especially when trying to have some speed.  All in all, a nice new challenge.

I wanted to ask if anyone here has looked at the topic of the Game of Thrones potential group project.  It has three cello parts, and I am going to make it a 2016 goal to tackle one and do it properly.  Anyone else interested?

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Oh MY! A cello thread and corner... how utterly awesome, thank you Pierre.

 

I had a beautiful acoustic cello awhile back, invested a chunk of money in it, awesome sound, and incredibly different fingering, (Think Jolly Green Giant Spacing) but I was off and flying within a few days and played some simple tunes, then someone offered me a sizable amount of money for it and the profit demon took a-hold of me and I sold it that day...

I've always thought about getting another one but the shear size of it in my small area of musically devotion has held me back. Mine was a full size and I'm short (130# and 5'-5" tall) which made it a handful to play easily but once set, I didn't have any trouble.

Now that I'm heavily involved in making and selling fretted fingerboards & electric violins, I've considered the thought of making my own electric fretted cello. Yep, since it's electric the size will be significantly smaller in bulk, although the overall height or length of the instrument will pretty much remain the same, I think it fill "fit" me better and be less of a hassle to haul around and set up to play.

Might start this build in a month or so if things slow down a little on the other stuff.

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Fiddlerman
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Nice collection. 🙂

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Took classical cello lessons in for two years in 2009-2009.

Recently got the cello out again and bought the American Fiddle Method for cello. 

May join a group that plays Scottish music.  The wealthy Scots hired musicians who often included that cello in their music. 

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