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You can play the violin so it sounds like a 2-string Chinese Erhu or a 3-string Japanese Kokyū!
A Cello can use the same techniques!
I'm going to cut right to the chase - here's some techniques you need to learn, first!
"Imitating Asian Instruments with Foonyap"
On the Cello!
Erhu and Cello Duet – "A Mongolian Bowl Dance"
What you can strive for on the Violin!
Try this simple melody by ear - "Spinning Song 2"
SharonC has a thread titled "Morin Khuur - Mongolian Horse Fiddle", even more appropriate for Cello!
I've been chomping at the bit to dig into some of these other genres! Abundant wealth of beautiful music to explore and I hope eventually we might have similar threads within 1 "East/Southeast Asian Music" Genre.
Now that I've posted some videos on technique, thought I'd transplant this video from one of my other posts - maybe you'd like to try this song on your Violin, Viola or Cello.
Besides the "Spinning Song 2", I've only played "Jia Ren Qu - Beauty Song" from "House of Flying Daggers". Btw, excellent movie! Bump up the video resolution to max.
I learned this by ear a while back, not difficult - so you all can do it!
Now I just need to revisit it using the previous post's techniques! (lol)
Just to get you all thinking...
We've all heard of Lindsey Stirling with her dance videos, but for this thread I present a Violin solo/Dance performed and composed by Maria Kaneko Millar - "Tsuru" (The Crane).
I'd be lucky to walk and chew gum at the same time -and I don't think I'll ever be able to get my pizzicato even close!
...keep finding myself writing "pizzacato" - Freudian slip? Pizza + Cato (my maiden name) - just seems like they belong together. (lol)