Playing Cello


Body Position

Cello played in a seated position. Weighing supported by an endpin, laid down on the floor, and the bottom is positioned between the knees, while the upper part is positioned in the upper chest. The neck of the cello is placed above the left shoulder. Arc is drawn horizontally across the strings. At first, she used to play with the cellist sitting sideways, because at the time it was considered impolite for women to sit with knees apart before the public. The position does not affect the player's hand to hold the cello.

Very rare to find a player who plays cello upside down: this is usually due to a person's physical disability where the hands or arms would not be able to play the technique of playing in such a position, other than that the cellist also still have to reset the cello (the string positions, bass lines , sound post, fingerboard shape, and the shape is not symmetrical cello).

The position of fingers in the left hand holding the strings is very influential on the resulting tone. The closer to the bridge where the string is pressed, the resulting sound will be even harder, because the vibrating string length becomes shorter. On the neck of the cello, the thumb is placed on the back, the thumb position parallel to the other fingers.

Strings and the thumb is used to generate tones. His fingers are usually held the cello with a curved position, with strings attached to the fingertips. If a finger is required to play two strings to know more, then it can be done using flat. In the game the slower and more expressive, the point of contact between the fingertips and the string can be changed from the nail to the inside tip of the finger, so as to produce a better vibrato.


Vibrato is a small oscillation in a tone, which is considered to be more expressive. It is produced from the rotation of the upper arm bone of the shoulder joint cellist, who will deliver vibration to the forearm. Point the finger contact with the string absorbs this motion which then makes it vibrate. It also influences the position of the fingers that can produce a variety of tones. Vibrato is a key game expressive vibrato playing good technique is an essential element of skill to play a modern cellist.

The decision to use vibrato on how often it is used, is highly dependent on the cellist's own. The lower the pitch, vibrato generated will also be long and slow.


Harmony is applied to the cello is divided into two parts, natural and artificial:
  • Natural harmony is produced by only a little touching (not pressing) the strings with your fingers a certain place, and then play bow (or, rarely, pulling strings). For example, the midpoint of the string will produce a harmony an octave above the strings are not pressed (open string). Natural harmony only produces a tone that is part of a series of harmonies.
  • Artificial harmony is produced by pressing the strings with a strong and pressing the same string with another finger to the weak. It will be able to produce a tone above middle C. It is usually displayed in a touch tone a perfect fourth above the stopped note, which will produce a tone two octaves above the stopped note, although it can also be played with other intervals. All harmonies produce a sound that resembles a flute, and typically played without vibrato.

Playing Cello 4.5 5 samuelkurnianta Body Position Cello played in a seated position . Weighing supported by an endpin, laid down on the floor, and the bottom is positioned be...

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