Guitar to cello? can I do it?

Guitar to cello? can I do it?

Guitar to cello? can I do it?    12:11 on Friday, July 08, 2011          

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Posted by faith4christ

Hey! :D
Here's my background, in case it makes a difference in what you think.
I'm 16 and I've been playing guitar for about 6 years now, and can pick up almost anything I hear in about half an hour. I love trying new instruments. I also have been playing piano for about 3 years, on and off again, but I play anything from contemporary Christian to clementi and scott joplin. I have been playing trombone for 6 years too. I play the ukulele, trumpet, bass guitar, and percussion instruments. you could say I love music.
BUT I have never played cello or violin. but my sister has played violin for a long time. I am VERY interested in learning how to play cello! and I am trying to get into a gmynastics team at my school that tours, but there are alot of musical tours(praise team kinda stuff) and I want to be as musically oriented as possible to help my case trying to get on(and to play cello for fun, because it is SOO beautiful :D)
sorry for this extremely long post, but the main point is I play alot of music, and I wanna know if the cello would be easy for me to learn. I have seen the posts here, about if it is easy to learn from violin, and other things, but not too much from guitar experience. If you guys could help me out with this, because I don't want to buy a $1000 cello if I'm not gonna be able to play it at all. I kinda want to know how to atleast play *some* cello before school starts for this year. But I don't know if that's possible.If someone could help me out with this, I would be extremely grateful knowing your opinion.
God Bless <3 :D

Re: Guitar to cello? can I do it?    19:20 on Friday, July 08, 2011          

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Posted by hegyhati

Hi there!
Well, Your background definitely helps a lot. I assume, that You know this, but the (main) difference from the guitar will be, that there are not frets, so You (usually) really have to spend a lot of time until You get clear tones out of the cello. The other thing is the right hand, i.e., bowing techniques, but I don't think it would cause big problems at the beginning. With Your experience, and love to the music, I don't think, there would be any problem in learning. However, I still don't advise You to buy an expensive instrument immediately, consult with Your teacher about this.
About practising at home without a teacher: Well, especially at the very beginning, I recommend You to take some extra classes, where the teacher can tell You the basics, show You how You should hold Your hand, etc. After that You can practice. I recommend You to use a mirror and see, how You are holding the instrument / bow. What I want to point out: if You get used to a bad habit in Your technique, it is much harder to forget later.
All the best, and enjoy this wonderful instrument!

Re: Guitar to cello? can I do it?    09:32 on Sunday, February 26, 2012          

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Posted by gutrplyr9

You might also consider renting a cello before making the plunge into buying one. Most music stores will offer either month to month or a 3 month rental period.

Re: Guitar to cello? can I do it?    01:40 on Sunday, March 04, 2012          

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Posted by Scotch

I play both guitar and cello, but I played cello first. It helps to have played any instrument, of course, but note that:

The guitar uses the treble clef, whereas the cello primarily uses the bass clef (when it gets high it switches to the tenor clef, and eventually it uses the treble clef, but this is fairly rare).

The guitar is tuned primarily in fourths, whereas the cello is tuned in fifths, which means the cello must change positions a lot ("a lot", by the way, is TWO words), especially if you avoid open strings, as you normally should.

The cello is harder to tune than the guitar because the cello doesn't have machine heads.

Cello vibrato is different from (and more difficult than) guitar vibrato, and one won't transfer from the other.

Although the left-hand reach is about the same, cello left-hand position is different.

As noted above, however, the chief difficulties with the cello are bowing (bad bowing is what mainly makes beginning string players sound excruciatingly awful) and intonation.

So yes, having played the guitar will help some, but it won't make cello a piece of cake.


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