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Notice I didn't say "playing the cello". Here's the video you ALL (okay maybe just a couple) of you have been begging for, lmao. Please keep in mind (not making excuses, just warning you) that I just did this vid after all of 5 hours of experience with it.
And, once again, another headless video of myself... what the hell; I just didn't have enough focal depth to get all of me and the cello in together,,, so just picture my fingers flying all over the fingerboard hitting exactly the right spots (once again, flying "tapeless"),,, okay, so I guess you can hear,,, not exactly all the right spots; hey I've been drinking, lol,,, no more excuses, here it is.....
It's very impressive, ftufc. Of course I had a few beers before listening to it so you don't have to worry.....haha. I've been always practicing with my beers so that my violin could sound wonderful....haha.
But for 5 hours, that's something!!!
I love your ability to adjust the pitch so quickly and your playing really has potential.
I read somewhere that the bigger the instrument (string family) the slower it is, string reaction time, and a cellist playing together with violins has to start the note a tad ahead to be in correct tempo.
IMO, you did a great job. I don't know if I can do that in a month though.
BTW, that cello is very nice, both the look and sound, deep, resonate and clean.
Thanks Robert, you'd love it.
Haaaaa, Terry; I don't dare put tape on this fingerboard, I'm renting it! And I wish the picture would've included my left hand, because you could see just how far it is between notes; I have to move my hand to get to the correct locations, it's pretty tough, until it gets locked in.
Barry, it was actually a pretty natural transition; the bow feels natural in my hand, the fingerboard next to my neck felt natural, the angle of the left hand and arm felt natural, it's just the distance along the board that's challenging. And you're ABSOLUTELY right about the comparison of sound to the violin. On my second session, which lasted about 45 minutes, I went immediately to my violin, and it just sounded so shrill and shreeky in comparison,,, no mellowness like the viola. AND, it took me a couple of minutes to call up in my head and hand where the correct fingering was, but it wasn't that bad.
Thank you Ken, that really is kind of you; it is a real challenge to find the right spots and if you could recognize (and I understand the difference between recognize and like, lol) 95% of what I did, after 5 hrs, then I am very happy with that! The bridge is definitely cut differently. The C side is a great height but the arch between the D and A is only slight, so I find myself double stopping them both, just a matter of getting used to it I guess. I got it from an incredible shop in Orange County, so I'm confident they knew what they were doing.
Yeah Rosined, because of the distance between fingerings and the thickness of the strings and the slower responsiveness of the strings, just as Robert (above) has mentioned, it's not a quick-flick kind of instrument, you kinda have to man-handle the thing; now my impression of that may be because I'm so new to it and/or because it's not a really expensive cello; they're selling this model for $1500, so it sounds okay (maybe a little "buzzy" instead of vibratory) and it handles okay; I'm going to stop in a couple other shops to try out different one to see what the difference in sound and feel might be.
I'll tell you something embarrassing, each time I pick it up (which has been 5 times now), at the end of each session, I hold the body of the cello against my chest and bow the strings individually and in combination, to feel the vibration inside my chest. I'll do that for 5 minutes, and it's like freakin meditation; it is so relaxing and you can "feel" the notes, not just hear them, as in the violin. I'm NOT converting, but I am in love, lmao.
At this rate you'll be having a warm bath with rose petals floating on the top for an hour before you start playing soon!
Man up FGS! You and me need to have a session on your punch bag and mats to get your man card back.
Jkg mate, good to see the spiritual side of you is still in there somewhere
I am amazed at how old people of my age are.....
Terry! No, I am PMSL! I knew I was going to get a ration of shit for exposing my more sensitive side, HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA! But I think you're a little jealous of her aren't you, lmao.
HEY, should I lay the mats down for when you get here; we could turn this into The First Annual Socal Fiddlerman bbq/fiddle jam/spar fest, lmao! Okay, maybe the mats would be too much, but it would be easy to break out the pads!
Beautiful! I see we are getting a couple more cellists here. Wait until you start learning the other positions. You can't play a complete scale in any position except first. Too many notes are missing! Now that you have another instrument you can play duets with yourself and post the videos. How much fun would that be?
I've learned so much from my mistakes that I've decided to make some more.
My wife once took cello lessons on a $175 EBay model.
Within a few weeks she was making beautiful sounds (not much music however )
I was jealous but the portability of the violin prevailed.
The cello is the most beautiful sounding of the string instruments to my ears ( in this hemisphere )
When you come to a fork in the road, take it.