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For the past 6 weeks I've seen 3 really decent cellists play live, and have been dying to try my hand at it.  The instrument sounds soooooooo coooooooool.

So tonight, on my way home from work, I rented a cello (asked the shop to set it up in advance of my pick up),,, brought it home, and have played on it for the past 3 hours; talk about a work out; there's some serious finger stretching and the bow is not ever resting on strings, it has to be held up, lol.

Anyway,,, an absolute BALL!!! After about 30 min.s I started to get the fingering more and more consistently, the pitch started improving, and my bowing was more confident.

I've got it for a month ($40), then I might just rent it again, or if it's something I just can't live without, I'll buy it, or another one.  But if you haven't picked one up before, you should just give it a wack; it's an absolute riot!!!!!

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Congratulation to you, ftufc!

I've always love those dark, mellow and sweet sound of a cello. That is why I try to get my violin sounds darker and less bright.

I would love to take your advise but being a small person with small fingers....haha..a medium viola won't even fit me properly without lots of stretching, which I can not tolerate too long due to my injuries.

Good luck with your venture and post some vids so we can enjoy with you.

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Better start working on that Cello Rack to go along with the one you made for your violins!  cheers

Have you checked out the Piano Guys (Steven Sharp-Nelson to be exact) on Youtube yet?  He really shows that there are so many different things you can do on cello!  

I'd still love to get my hands on one to see what I could do! LOL  

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That is hilarious. I couldn't get celloman.com :-(

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very cool fred !!  I love experimenting too

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ftufc said
For the past 6 weeks I've seen 3 really decent cellists play live, and have been dying to try my hand at it.  The instrument sounds soooooooo coooooooool.

Agreeeeeed! I'm envy-envy! amusedroolingdrooling

Love cello!heart

But my greatest dream about instruments - is double bass! =) Big violin !droolingdroolingdrooling

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Hey Fred;;;

I'm going to be voluntarily moving a bunch of stuff out of my place (you know why) and I should be able to free up a WHOLE BEDROOM to make room for my new music spot! I'll no doubt set up my computer, recording equipment and make room for a nice big cello too! thumbs-up

 

I've been watching craigs list and keep hoping for a decent one that needs some work at a considerable discount... I can't hardly wait to get my bow hairs on one.

Post a vid man, we have GOT to see and hear that thing..cheerleadercheerleadercheerleadercheerleader

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Fiddlerman said
That is hilarious. I couldn't get celloman.com :-(

Can you get orchestraman.com?  It looks like you might be able to use it eventually.

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It's available but I don't want it. Up for grabs :-)
Only $10 or less for whomever wants it.

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my neice plays cello, absolutely beautiful sound. Ever since watching Airwolf as a child Ive loved the instrument. too pricey for me. congrats.

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Thanks Robert, it's really different.

Haaaaaaa, Eric, you may know me too well; within half an hour of having it home, I started thinking about making a great wooden stand for it, lmao.  Turns out, there are dozens of styles already on the market.  If you get the chance, you've GOT to play with one!

It is such a cool sound Barry; you'd love it!  Now get back to that viola, lol.

Naska, I wish you could try it,,,, you'd fall in love!  You'd better re-think the bass idea, it would wind up wrestling YOU to the ground, lol.

Lmao off Dennis; let's see, trade in a pain in the ass for your own music studio, lol, I'd have to say you're ahead of the game.  When you come down, I'll show you the studio I put together for my daughter.  You have got to pick up a cello, it's just such an incredible sound.  Problem is, the same with a violin or viola, unless you're willing to spend a fair amount of money on one, the sound just won't be there.  You should also check out ebay, there are some exactly like what you're looking for; need some repair but the body has the sound.  Good luck, can't wait to hear what you wind up with.

As much as I HATE doing vids, I will absolutely put one together in the next week or so.  I have now logged a whopping 4 hours on it, and am feeling a little more comfortable with it,,, but I will still sound horrible,,, but I'll do it anyway.  HEY, I'll have it here in Jan. so everyone who comes to the bbq/fiddle jam can take a turn at her; was that in reference to a provocative picture of Dennis' new girlfriend holding a cello roflolroflolroflolroflolroflol

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Hey Naska; if you make it to the bbq/fiddle jam I'll promise to get a bass here for you to play, haaaaaaaa!!!

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ftufc said 
You have got to pick up a cello

It sounds like fun, Fred!

When you say "pick up a cello" I can't help but think of this:

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Haaaaaaa; Rosined, I haven't seen that clip in ages! 

Btw, Eric,,, I've watched a lot of The Piano Guys vids, in fact on the 2012 Christmas Project thread I included one they did.  They definitely have HUGE entertainment value; check out their Pachelbel Canon in D vid, pretty damn funny!

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ftufc said
Hey Naska; if you make it to the bbq/fiddle jam I'll promise to get a bass here for you to play, haaaaaaaa!!!

Cool! Thank You kindly, Fred! But there's no chance =(

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LOL @ Fred;

I suppose Toni might come down so she could autograph copies of that picture if we print up a bunch. LOL

 

I'm still looking at a cello in Sac that needs the neck reset. It's been on there for weeks now and he still hasn't sold it. Maybe tomorrow I'll go get it.

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Cellos are cool! The old Kay that I put back together is still going strong and is a ton of fun, even without a bow. Take a look at Apocalyptica -

That's some amazing cello playing!

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That clip is VERY cool Mary, thanks for sharing!  THAT's how I want to play a cello someday.

I see Kay's every once in a while, is it a decent instrument?  Do you know much about Juzek or Paesold or Vivo (all cellos)?

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ftufc said
That clip is VERY cool Mary, thanks for sharing!  THAT's how I want to play a cello someday.

I see Kay's every once in a while, is it a decent instrument?  Do you know much about Juzek or Paesold or Vivo (all cellos)?

I only know what I've researched about Kay cellos - there are some hayta's out there blink They are made from plywood and many of them have not survived very well or are stuck in the limbo of school orchestras where more advanced players online have moaned about  how hard it was to learn vibrato on those old warhorses.

We got lucky with ours - despite having its neck broken at one point, the old girl is structurally sound and plays quite well according to our cello-playing friend who gave us a demonstration one afternoon.

Kay basses have a loyal following online, though. The Kay instrument company was the only musical instrument factory allowed to continue to produce instruments during the World Wars - other factories had to re-tool to support the war effort. Just a little useless trivia laugh

The guys in Apocalyptica are all classically trained musicians - there's a video on YouTube where they are giving a concert and they decide to "bore [the audience] with some classical music" and it's astounding.

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