Understanding The Musical Instrument Cello.
It’s not a Big Violin It’s a Cello!
The musical instrument cello looks like a big violin but is the second largest of the bow string instruments in the violin family. It was known in years past as a violoncello but today is simply known just as a cello. In the past, the short form cello was spelled with an apostrophe at the beginning of the word cello to signify it was a short form of the original name of the musical instrument cello.
The cello has four strings which are played with a bow or plucked. It is also played while the cellist is sitting on a straight back chair with the cello resting between the leg calves on the floor supported by an endpin. The end pin can be adjusted to allow for the height of the cellist while seated as the neck of the cello rests on the shoulder of the cellist.
The cello is constructed using different types of wood to give it the unique deep sound an octave lower than a viola. Its top plate is build with pine or spruce wood for the high quality sound radiating character. The side and back panels, neck, pegbox and scroll as well as the bridge are made of maple wood and the fingerboard, tailpiece and nut are made of ebony wood. The strings are made of sheep or goat gut, metal or synthetic material.
The tailpin or endpin is made of metal, wood or synthetic carbon. The bow which is used to play the musical instrument cello is made of Brazilwood. The hair of the bow is made from horse hair but can also be made of synthetic material.
Cello accessories are available from any store that sells the bow string instruments in the same family so you will find such accessories as rosin for coating the bow hair to give it grip on the strings, strings, wolf tone eliminators, endpins, mutes, metromones and tuners, bows, bow hairs, cases and other accessories used on cellos. A good store will also provide after sales services such as repairs if your cello needs any repairs.
A cello is a versatile instrument that can be bought online from many stores. A cello’s basic use is to make good music either in an orchestra, solo performance or ensembles but when buying one you need to consider the costs and if the user will use it to learn or for professional playing. All cellos will play well but student cellos are made of less superior component materials than for say concert or orchestra professional performers cellos. One can also get quality but used cellos if a new one is not affordable particularly for students.
Learning to play the cello is fun but the aspiring cellist should be ready to perfect the art through patience, long hours of practice and investing in sound lessons from a good cello teacher.
Performing in an orchestra or solo performances for any number of audience will always boost the morale of an aspiring cellist and one ought to consider joining a performing group to nurture and grow the talent among like minded people. This is the main reason we feel the Musical Instrument Cello is such a great choice to play.