Category: Cello Basics

Do small chips and scratches affect sound of the cello?

Q: I accidentally dropped my bow on the cello and it made a small chip on the body (in the size of a grain rice). Will it affect the sound? A: Don’t be afraid. This can happen from time to time and these small chips or scratches does not...

How hard can I pluck a cello string?

Q: I know it probably sounds dumb, but I am new to the cello and I am not sure how hard I can pluck a string. I am a little scared that it will snap off of the bridge or hurt my fingers or something. A: You don’t have...

What should I check when buying a cello?

“Do you have some advice on things to look for when trying out the cellos that are available?” Here is the list of things that I highly recommend to do or check: 1. If you have a teacher or a friend who is more experienced, take them with you...

My fingers turn dark after playing the cello, what does it mean?

„I’m new to cello, so maybe it is a silly question, but is it normal to have slightly dark fingers after playing?” Don’t be afraid, it is normal. Most strings, especially new ones, can turn your fingers grey as the metal winding rubs off while you’re playing. It will...

How do I make a piece sound more confident?

“My teacher told to me to play more confident. I started my lessons 5 months ago, so I’m not sure what does it mean and how do I do it?“ The key to sound more confident is using more bow to achieve fuller sound. Don’t play everything in the...

How normal is using a cello rock stop?

“My cello endpin slips on almost everything. I’m a beginner, so I’m not sure if it’s normal to use a rock stop?” Slippery endpin is an every cellist’s problem. 🙂 Using a rock stop or strap is absolutely normal and they’re useful for beginners and professionals alike. It’s better...

What to do with slippery pegs?

„My cello has wooden pegs that are too slippery. What can I do about it? “ If your pegs slip often while tuning, try to use peg chalk (just an ordinary school chalk is also an option). If it doesn’t help, take the cello to your luthier to check,...

How do you know when it’s time to change your rosin?

“I’m using my rosin for five years now. How do I know when it’s time to get a new one?” My rough estimate of rosin expiration is 1,5 to 2 years. I can tell for sure that your rosin won’t be too useable anymore. And how do you recognise...