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The cello, for me, is very relaxing
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June 5, 2022 - 6:50 pm
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When I sit down to play my cello, I find it very relaxing. For me, the cello is easier to finger than the viola or violin. It seems that, for me, I don't have to bend joints in ways they are not meant to be bent. It seems like it is more natural to sit with a cello, finger the fingerboard and bow. I notice this every time I sit to play one of my instruments.

It is not that I find it easy to play the cello. I will be a student of cello forever. I think it is just easier for me to do the arm and finger movements needed on cello than the viola/violin. 

I find it relaxing. I grab my cello and bow, sit down, pull the endpin out where it needs to be and give my cello a little hug. I never give my viola or violin a little hug before playing them. I just do it to my cello. I have no idea why that is. Maybe, with the cello leaning against you, you become one and you just give it that gentle hug before starting. Maybe it is an, "Okay, here we go," or "Okay, you can do it," sort of thing, simply because of the position of the cello and it's size. It is not sitting precariously on my shoulder. It is solid on the floor and leaning against me as if we are one. 

I must be somewhat of a person looking to be a glutton for trouble though, because even though I find my cello to be relaxing, I do enjoy my viola and violin.

At any rate, I do find the cello to be very relaxing, in many ways.

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Yes, playing is relaxing (well, most of the time). You can be "one" with your violin or viola too, though. I guess it's really not the same as cello, but I've had those moments. I suppose having the right setup is important too.

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I agree, WTW. I also love holding my violin and viola, but I don't feel as much like a contortionist with my cello. Once I am more at ease with my violin and viola, I think that will change.  

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I'm considering picking up a Cello in the next year or maybe 2 years after I get the violin under better control.  Or maybe a double bass.

To be different, I'd like to find a project cello and repair it before learning how to play it.

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June 20, 2022 - 7:41 pm
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@RDP  We found a cello in a pawn shop thy was terrific. After I decided I had too many cellos, I dinted it to a high school orchestra about 7 miles from here. That one cost me $75.

We found another in a music store that dealt more with your typical band instruments. We were looking for viola and cello lesson books, which they did have. When we were leaving the owner took us to the back room. Apparently, a while before we went there, someone traded a cello towards one of his line of instruments. He dis not do cellos and just had it taking up room in his store room, and cellos take up a lot of room. It needed work, but the body was sound. Needed pegs, sound post, etc. We got that for $50. We got it fixed up and wow, that was a good German made cello, from 1970 something, if I recall correctly. That was donated the same day to the same high school.

So, check around. So, check around. 

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We did see a bass at the pawn shop, once. We used to go to the pawn shop in a city 45 minutes away for the fun of it. Neat stuff in there. They are located in a university city with an orchestra, which is why they had violins, violas, cellos and basses. Plus, the schools in those districts, also had orchestras. 

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Mouse said
@RDP  We found a cello in a pawn shop thy was terrific. After I decided I had too many cellos, I dinted it to a high school orchestra about 7 miles from here. That one cost me $75.

We found another in a music store that dealt more with your typical band instruments. We were looking for viola and cello lesson books, which they did have. When we were leaving the owner took us to the back room. Apparently, a while before we went there, someone traded a cello towards one of his line of instruments. He dis not do cellos and just had it taking up room in his store room, and cellos take up a lot of room. It needed work, but the body was sound. Needed pegs, sound post, etc. We got that for $50. We got it fixed up and wow, that was a good German made cello, from 1970 something, if I recall correctly. That was donated the same day to the same high school.

So, check around. So, check around. 

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