History and Information about the Cello
The cello is the largest member of the violin family of instruments. As we know it today, the cello originated in Europe (probably Italy) in the late 17th century. When you learn how to play the cello, you will be opening up to almost every genre of music. While primarily used in classical music, the cello is also featured in rock, jazz, folk, and pop music.
When to Start on the Cello
You can start cello lessons around age 7, although depending on a student’s size, dexterity, and fine motor skills, some are able to begin earlier. The cello also requires a certain amount of care, as both the instrument (especially the strings and the bridge) and the bow can be fragile.
Getting a Cello
Please call us so we can recommend a store from which you can purchase or rent a cello. For very young students, it is recommended to rent instruments for two reasons: 1) they will most likely grow out of instruments quickly and 2) they may lose interest (although we hope they don’t!). Most places that rent instruments will also provide repair services for their instruments.
Also, please note that a used cello is not necessarily inferior to a new cello. In fact, older instruments will often be easier to play and have a better sound quality. Look out for any large cracks or open seams, but most defects caused by age are cosmetic in nature and will not affect the playability or sound of the cello.
Purchasing Books and Supplies for Your Cello
Most books and many supplies such as strings and rosin are available online. Give us a call for local store recommendations. Your instructor can tell you which books and supplies are appropriate or needed.
**Feel free to call us at 631-476-8946 with any questions you may have. We can help provide you with additional resources.