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Any Cellists Out There?
Looking for fellow cellists to share information: tuners, strings, lesson issues, etc
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cid
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March 3, 2019 - 2:36 pm
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Are there any cellists here? I am looking for a forum that has active cello conversations. This is great for violin, and I love it. Now that I have switched back to cello, will have violin back later, I find the cello thread very empty. I just tried Googling for an active cello forum, but did not find any that are actually active. No new posts since 3 or more years ago, on all the ones I found.

So, if you play cello, or have cello knowledge, please join in here. It would be so helpful. 

I will be posting a couple questions soon, and hopefully, will get some input.

Thank you. 

 

They call me, “Mellow Cello” 

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Fiddlerman
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March 4, 2019 - 4:44 pm
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Let's just make this one great for cello. 😜

I was going to suggest that you go to the cello section but looks like you've been doing that as well. I am of the thought that, "If you build it, they will come"....
Some of you undoubtedly know where that line comes from. 🙂

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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@Fiddlerman 

I am hoping to get the cello section going here. beg There has to be cellists or violinist cellist combos that visit here. It would be great to have some posters come. I will just keep plugging along and post cello questions and comments. Maybe a newbie cellist will pop in and see an active cello section. 

When I get better, maybe I can find an extremely short song to do and post it here. Oh, that might drive them away! bikerIt was difficult to break my Lullaby into three clips for the Critique section. I couldn’t break  a song into clips that  I did on my violin for my granddaughter to also post in the Share a Performance section. Whatever the non-critique section is called. It wasn’t long, but I got it down to four short clips and it still said the videos were too long, so I stopped trying. Maybe, I will be able to do a cello one here, if I can find an extemely short one. I think I had those sections of the second video down to 25 seconds each and it still said they were over the 2 meg or whatever limit it is. I recorded in low resolution, too. It was weird. 

Anyway, maybe more cellists will come. I appreciate you having this section. I could not find one active cello forum. Now, cellos are beautiful sounding instruments. Well, mine has that ability, someday.

Thinking of selling one locally, actually. Not interested in doing any packaging and shipping. Just thinking. I have three.

They call me, “Mellow Cello” 

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There's a community of adult beginner cellists on YouTube and Instagram, but I don't know of any forums.

(I'm not a cellist, though, so I haven't looked very hard. That said, as a violist, I've noticed that violists mostly seem to glom on to violin forums, including on Facebook.)

I actually find it surprising there aren't more cellists here -- the cello is probably the easiest string instrument to learn as an adult as it doesn't require the contortions needed for violin and viola and isn't as unwieldy as a double bass. It's common in community orchestras for the majority of the cellists to have started as adults while virtually all the violinists and violists started as young children.

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@AndrewH  Most of the posts in this section are quite old. Cellists probably did not see much activity and/or get responses and stopped coming. I find the forums helpful, not only for encouragement, but there are a lot of good tips and info to be had, and conversations.

I still do my violin and viola. I love all three. But right now I am taking cello lessons. It would be great to get feedback and experiences from other cello students, especially 64 yr olds students. It is hard to get these old finger joints to make the reach, especially since I am trying to do it the right way now. facepalm The viola seems to be the perfect finger spread for me! LOL But, I love my cellos.

They call me, “Mellow Cello” 

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intrepidgirl
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Hello, @cid . I purchased a cello through Fiddlerman to followup a really nice violin that I got from his shop. I am currently taking lessons but am a newbie on it. I have found some good videos on you-tube but not so much on live forums, as you noted. I hope we can find an expert or 2 to participate here!

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@intrepidgirl Thanks for joining into the cello section. You are going to love the cello. I am the reverse. I started cello first and then bought a violin and viola. I stopped cello after three months, it was a three month lease. I loved that cello and hated to give it back but, I was not happy with the available instructor, and to purchase that cello after paying three months of lease, I did not think the student cello was worth that month.

Still loved it and after some terrific adventures not related to cello, my husband got me one for our anniversary. Worked with it on my own for a while and then took lessons from the person we bought the cello from. Got the violin bug, or the violin desire surfaced is better because I have always loved cello/violin/viola. He bought me a violin. Stopped cello lessons and took violin lessons. Continued cello on my own. Due to instructor issues that I won’t get into, but it was the same insructor who was my first cello instructor, I am now back to cello lessons with a brand new college student instructor whi just signed in a little while ago at the music shop. I am doing violin on my own.

That is it in a very big nutshell. I have three cellos: Monte is my first cello, Belle is my pawnshop cello, Ada is my band instrument type music shop purchase. No, I did not spend oodles of money in cellos. Just got really good deals on Belle and Ada and they are the best two of the three. 

They call me, “Mellow Cello” 

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Fellow Cellist here.

A convert from the violin, I purchased the FM Artist Cello and love it. I'm new to it and have been playing since last Fall. A good friend of mine is a Violin teacher and we both decided to enter the world of bass clef.

So far so good. Made it though Suzuki book 1 and just now diving into book two. Second position is coming up. I've been including some simple folk tunes but mostly following the suzuki book repertoire. My son plays violin so we've been looking for some fun simple duets too.

I am currently looking for an instructor as well. Someone to check in once a month to give advice on technique, break bad habits and advise on practice. Otherwise youtube is a pretty amazing tool. I have found two good people to watch.

Drawn to Baroque and Folk (hope to sit in with our local Contra Dance band one day)

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@Heinrich Welcome to the cello section! We really need to get this section hopping to attract cello enthusiasts. I am still playing the violin and viola on my own, but taking cello lessons. I have bad habits, or habits that were not just pointed out as wrong with my first go round of lessons to be exact. Hard to redo. It is like starting over. It’ll happen. Will have my second lesson with this new teacher late this afternoon.

They call me, “Mellow Cello” 

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Nice to see so many who are cross-overs! I love both violin and cello. @cid, best of luck with your cello learning. I found I definitely need adjustments and to break bad habits on the cello, perhaps being so large there is more room for error. I have finished the first Suzuki book with my teacher, and we have also been using a Piatti book which I find really good. I too am just learning 2nd position. 

Aha, I am thinking we may have more cello contributors to the group projects now. That would be excellent!

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So far, so good with my new cello instructor, @intrepidgirl. Keeping my fingers crossed that it continues that way.

They call me, “Mellow Cello” 

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