By taking cello lessons you begin the journey of learning one of the most beautiful sounding members of the string family that has often been compared to the human voice. The cello is the third largest instrument in a standard string quartet, deeper in tone than the violin or the viola, but still smaller than the bass. Although it has evolved since ancient times, the modern cello (originally called the violoncello) came to be in the mid-18th Century. Johann Sebastian Bach composed a number of cello solo pieces during the Baroque era, while later composers in the Classical era and beyond have included the cello in their string quartets. Cello lessons offer not only an introduction to classical music, but contemporary as well. The cello has also been featured in popular music, which includes songs by The Beatles, Nirvana, and Arcade Fire.
Because of the cello’s large size, our recommended starting age for cello is seven or eight, although exceptions can certainly be made for a younger student who is capable of handling the instrument properly and with sufficient strength in the fingers and hands. The cello is also an excellent instrument for students of all ages who have some experience with other members of the violin family, or even as a beginning instrument.
Music shops that sell stringed instruments can usually also work out rentals. This is best for smaller, short-scale cellos that are designed for smaller children. For adults, either used or new cellos will work just fine. Students living on a budget may also want to consider renting their instrument. Another factor to keep in mind is that used cellos are sometimes sold “as-is,” meaning it may not be in the best condition. Our instructors are familiar with good instrument maintenance techniques and can be of assistance.
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