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Questions tagged [cello]

The "baritone" member of the string or violin family, played upright between the legs. Short for violoncello.

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Should I learn the violin first before I learn the cello?

I love the cello and would love to someday be able to play Bach's cello suites. It has such a warm sound. But 1 thing deters me from going straight into learning the cello, the price of it. I looked ...
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Writing a cello sonata for the first time [on hold]

So, I thought of maybe writing a cello sonata. After all, the cello and the piano complement each other so well. The overtone spectrum is very similar. Out of all the piano + solo instrument ...
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Creating a cadenca (Boccherini Concerto No 3 in G Maj)

I need to create a cadenza (A virtuoso passage inserted near the end of a concerto movement) for cello for the first part of Boccherini Concerto No 3 in G Maj (Allegro, starting at measure 98 in my ...
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Can Cello and Violin Pieces be played on piano?

This may be a dumb question, but can pieces such as Tzigane or Cello Concerto in B. Minor, OP.104, be played on the piano?
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Most efficient practice schedule

As a Student, I have limited time to practice. But overall, I have approximately 1.5 hours on the weekends. So should I do 1.5 hours in one sitting or 45 minutes in 2 seatings?
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Solo Cello Composition: Double Stops Question

Can the G or D strings be muted by Cellist so that a double stop can be played on the G and A, or C and D strings? Would greatly appreciate a response.
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Are Cello straps and stops necessary to rent for beginner?

My daughter is starting cello at her elementary school in the fall, she is 8 years old, renting a 1/2 scale cello. In the process of renting the cello I need to decide if I should rent these two ...
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What is the best way to become first chair? [closed]

I had bad seating last year as a cellist in intermediate youth orchestra. I work on rhythm, as the conductor told me to. So how should I play to get a better seating this year?
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Can I play the cello without pronation of the bow hand?

I would like to learn to play cello, but I have a mini-disability that prevents me from turning my right hand down (palm-down, or pronation) or up (palm-up, or suspination). How much is this going ...
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Fingering of cello double stops

Could someone provide me with the fingering for this sequence of double-stops (it's bass clef)? I put together a quick shot on "When I'm 64" for my daughter, but since I can't play cello, I can't ...
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Auditioning for Orchestra

I would like to ask a question for an audition piece. I would like to play Brahms cello sonata 1 e minor, the Allegro non troppo for an orchestral audition. It is a piano and cello duet but I will not ...
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Cello double stops fingered thirds?

On violin there are (at least) two ways to play double stop octaves. The 'regular' way: using fingers 1+4 1+4 1+4 etc. or 'fingered': using fingers 1+3 2+4 1+3 2+4 etc. I remember seeing ...
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What are the different types of cellos?

When I was looking into buying a cello, I found that there seemed to be different classifications for cellos beyond size (1/2, 3/4, full, etc). For example, some cellos were being called "Stradivarius ...
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What to call natural harmonics on bowed strings in speech

I was describing harmonics to a friend and it occurred to me that I don't know the convention for naming harmonics on bowed strings. I can read it in standard notation and I recognise the symbols, I ...
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Percussive rhythmic contemporary strings [closed]

Mike Blockrecently produced a book with contemporary études for cello. It includes techniques like chopping, slapping and advanced pizzicato. It is quite fun. I have some contemporary duets from ...
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How do I choose a performance program for VCE music performance 3/4?

I have just started year 11 and VCE music performance units 3 and 4 and was interested in getting ideas for performance programs. I have played cello for 8 years and am currently working on doing my ...
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String Instrument Bowings

In this picture I have provided: Does the one down bow mean all the notes are down bows? Or, all the notes are down up down up...bows starting on down?
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Which direction to play chords cello

I’m practicing a simple cello exercise to fill in gaps in my knowledge and, well, I found one. It is a simple passage with pizz. Which direction should the chords be played? From lowest to highest ...
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What cello technique used in titles of “The Night Of”

At the beginning of the title sequence of "The Night Of" the double bass is clearly plucked, but I'm not entirely sure about the higher cello part? Is it simply a (very) dry staccato? There's just so ...
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Are very cheap cellos acceptable for a beginner?

I'm looking at getting a 1/2 cello for my son. My options are either rent a mid-end one for 50$ a month, or buy a very cheap one (there seem to be some online for 150$~200$). My experience with ...
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Carl Flesch or Galamian for cello

Former violinist turned cellist here. Is there an equivalent scale system or collection of exercises for cello? I see editions of Carl Flesch and Galamian scale systems transposed for cello but I get ...
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How to count 6/8

How do I count with metronome for 6/8 measure especially for this music? Thanks, Nader
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How to avoid open strings in cello?

I've played viola for several years, and I'm starting to learn cello. On the viola, I can use my 4th finger to play the same note as the next highest open string. We do this for convenience or the ...
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What does a “3” next to a note mean? [duplicate]

I have no idea what the "3" next to a quarter note means, thanks.
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Is it possible to play pieces for cello on electric violin?

I want to learn to play violin and then switch to electric violin. I'm concerned if I technically can play pieces for cello or other 4-string instruments using electric violin as a sound signal ...
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Should I loosen the tension on the bow for a break?

According to Violin for Dummies, we should loosen the horsehair before put violin back in the case. However, I always give myself about an hour break after I play violin for 1 to 2 hours. Should I ...
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Is this cello distorted?

So I've been listening to 2CELLOS and their cover of AC/DCs 'Thunderstruck'. Several times during the song they play with an unusual timbre. Bringing out some of the high frequencies and mechanical ...
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What does this symbol mean in cello music?

Klengel Technical Cello Studies Vol. 1, Triads through three octaves. I'm referring to two separate symbols. I looked here but nothing really matches. First is the 0 with the dash beneath it. At ...
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Modern Cello Pedagogue

Simon Fischer is a prolific author on violin instruction and practice techniques. He studied under Dorothy DeLay and has several books on techniques for practice. I have found his material extremely ...
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What are some technical considerations for transition from violin to cello

I am currently learning cello after playing violin for about 7 years. I was self taught on violin for the first few years but I eventually took lessons with different teachers. Now I am taking cello ...
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Limitations of String Instruments

Clarinet is my main instrument, but I also play the alto saxophone. I, a woodwind player, am attempting to compose a string quintet. My question is this: what are the physical limitations of the ...
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Is it possible to play cello on a midi keyboard?

Is it possible to play this Bach piece on a MIDI keyboard with instrument set to cello? Edit: I messed up the original question by confusing cello with violin.
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How to pluck fast 16th notes on cello

I play the cello, and in my orchestra group, we are playing The Planets by Holst. There is a passage with about 20 bars of 16th notes, at about quarter note = 120. They are played pizzicato on the ...
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What is the safest way to set down a cello?

In my orchestra group, all of the cellists set their cellos on their side on the floor next to their chair during break. However, one cello coach told us that since it's easy for the cello to fall ...
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How do you hold a bow without getting finger cramps?

Whenever I play the cello, my hand tends to get sore the longer I hold my bow. I try to bend my thumb, but whenever I do, the bow slips.
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Note question: Stravinsky Suite Italienne (Cello)

Anyone familiar with Stravinsky' s Suite Italienne? I've got a question on a odd-sounding note. See the first circled chord in the pic -- the fingering doesn't make sense, and the note doesn't match ...
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Upside-down down bow

On my Cello Salut D'amour by Elgar score, it has upside-down down bow symbols on it. Does this just mean up bow? I have this on other Elgar pieces .
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C# in the key signature

I am looking at a piece of music and there is a C# in the key signature. On the cello there is a C note on the G string and on the A string. I know that in a C# key signature the C on the A string is ...
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Learning the cello with limited money and not much help

This is for a friend of mine, but I'll speak in first person to make it less awkward to type out. I'm 23, almost 24, and I recently acquired a cello (an electric cello to be precise to keep noise ...
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What are common scale patterns for the cello?

I am a guitar player of about 15 years and am very familiar with a variety of guitar scale patterns. The major scale being generally played three notes on the first string, 3 on the 2nd and 2 on the ...
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Violin, cello, quietly, lessons

I am 16, and I have no musical talents, but I have always loved the violin, I have enough money to buy the instrument, but there is no way for me to afford lessons. I would be dedicated to learning ...
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Why are the cello strings tied with a shoelace?

At the beginning of this video you can see that the strings of the cello have been tied with a shoelace right below the bridge. What is the purpose of this? Is it just decoration or is it something ...
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Cello A5 possible?

I am working on a composition of mine. When I transposed an already high section on the Cello to a different key it ended up having an A5 in it. Is this possible to play for a good Cello player?
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Chord in the Bach d-minor prelude

I'm playing the prelude in Bach's d-minor suite. My teacher and I were wondering what the third to last chord is. We didn't find that A, E and D form a chord, but do they? Is the D maybe a "queuing" ...
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What type of microphone is suitable for cello together with a looper pedal?

I'm willing to buy for a friend a way for him to use a loop pedal (initially for an electric guitar) with his cello. I really don't know much about sound recording with acoustic instrument... Would ...
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Loosen strings for long-term storage of violin?

Of course the bow should be loosened so it doesn't warp or break, and the violin strings should not be loosened so much that the sound post falls out, but should they be loosened at all for long-term ...
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Harmonic stop on cello without fingers

I'm writing a solo cello piece, and I'd like one of the strings to stopped at the first harmonic (specifically, the G string) for the duration of the piece; The trick is, I need this to be done ...
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'Cello mute: how to store on strings w/o altering sound?

I finally (procrastinator me) put a 2-hole Tourte mute on my axe, and noticed that if I leave it below the bridge but seated on the II and III strings, it modifies the sound compared with a fully-open ...
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Can anyone recommend a good resource of baroque cello etudes or exercises?

I'm trying to improve my upper position cello technique. Does anyone know of some good cello resources that are baroque in nature?
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How do I tune my cello to play the second Bach suite(prelude)?

None of the videos on youtube are is concert pitch.