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I am beginning to get a little concerned about holding or supporting my cello
I am having issues supporting my celloHas
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cid
September 24, 2019 - 2:13 pm
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I am having right hip, thigh and knee issues. I can’t support my cello in the correct position because of this. Has anyone ever seen anyone playing a cello without the right and left legs separated so much? I find that I am having to have the cello more against my right knee front. That is not the correct way. My hip, thigh and knee will not allow me to get the correct position.

I was just curious if there is anyone who was successful learning the cello with the cello  having to rest more against the front of the right knee. I am not talking successful as becoming a professional, just successful to be able to l learn and play it. The issue seems to have increased over the last week and I am going to have to start paying attention and going with it, rather than forcing a more proper support.

I am not willing to put the cello aside and not play it. I love my cello as much as the violin and viola. Anyone else have to make an adjustment like this with the cello. I am going to have to point this out to my instructor tomorrow. 

I want to play it now, but we visited my 97yr old father-in-law and now my hip is sore. I love visiting hm and we stayed longer than we should have, the chairs over at his house hurt my hip. My husband actually made the call to leave because I was enjoying it too much. Now, it is i possible to do my cello. Maybe I will be able to do it tonight. Lesson tomorrow.

They call me, “Mellow Cello” 

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September 24, 2019 - 4:29 pm
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Ok, so I did just now do my cello with it resting more against the front side of my right knee. It took a bit of getting used to. It went pretty well, actually. My cello did want to take a walk. I will just have to get out my end pin holder with the strap that goes under my chair leg. I have a little throw rug under my chair now and have not been using that.

I actually did make progress on my Minuet I of the two Minuets. I went through the II a few times. I don’t know the fingering, plus, I am still having a difficult time with Minuet I. 

I also was able to do that scale he gave me. It is the C scale octave all on the A string. The tablature starts with bass clef for the C and D, after that it switches to tenor clef. I am starting to learn that part of cello music now. The problem is, I know what the notes are and have to remember to look at the scale on the sheet so I can associate those notes on the tenor clef. 

Both exercises, the Minuet I and the scale went well with my cello positioned like that. I was fighting it before because my hip would feel strained within 3 minutes of playing. No issue this time. Phew!

They call me, “Mellow Cello” 

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September 24, 2019 - 9:50 pm
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@cid and others.  You may want to consider using a stahlhammer type end peg (or have someone bend your existing end peg to affect same cello aspect).  Rostropovich did rather well with it.  

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September 24, 2019 - 10:10 pm
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I was wondering about that. My instructor has the peg that can angle, not sure if he said it was the Stahlhammer or not. I was reading up in it and am a little hesitant to have it installed in my new-to-me cello I got in August. It is a bit expensive, in my range. There is no going back without a plug. From what I read on different sites, the hole generally has to be made bigger. If you don’t like it, you can’t just put the other back. I can’t get another cello like this. 

Ada, my other cello is special to me, and I am keeping her as I got her. I am not even changing the old time heavy original tailpiece. It is not like 100 years old or anything, just special to me and was a surprise once I got her home. I think she is sick though and will probably bring her in to the violin shop for a checkup. Maybe her sound post moved for some reason. I don’t know.Just does not sound like she did. Her new strings did not help. It could be that after playing Belle, my new-to-me cello, Ada just doesn’t sound as robust. I don’t think so because Ada used to bellow! She was loud and lovely. The one with the narrow waist and bigger belly bulge in top that I have mentioned before. Now she sounds like she has a cold, or a muzzle. New strings. Never banged her. Strange.

Anyway, having the stahlhammer type installed, I am not inclined to do that, after reading up what is done. I could ask the luthier at the shop about it, just to make sure. But, having my cello lean against the upper slightly inside part of my right knee did not give me an issue today. I will have to explain why I am doing that to my instructor tomorrow. I am sure it will clear up. 

They call me, “Mellow Cello” 

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September 24, 2019 - 11:18 pm
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I got a Chinese clone to one of those end pegs and it had a smaller diameter than my existing end peg.  I could easily measure it for you.  It costs about $90.  Do you have a caliper to measure the diameter of your existing end peg?

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September 25, 2019 - 8:44 am
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My husband does. 

They call me, “Mellow Cello” 

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