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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!!!!!
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.
Better start working on that Cello Rack to go along with the one you made for your violins!
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
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” ~Benjamin Franklin
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
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:
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 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
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.