Things I have learned while learning to play the cello

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  • PolarityManPolarityMan Frets: 4017
    Sporky said:
    Pie dishes.
    The originl frisbees were pie lids.
    This is my rant thread, there are others like it, but this one is mine.
    Bet you're wondering if this is a flounce? Truth is I haven't decided yet.
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  • SporkySporky Frets: 12287
    Thanks, Ted, that was the joke. ;)
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  • SporkySporky Frets: 12287
    Most recently, I have learned that when someone keeps telling me to relax it makes me very tense.

    Also that I didn't spend enough on my bow.

    Also that there is such a thing as CAS - cello aquisition syndrome - as I'm wondering about either a better amp or (perish the thought) an acoustic cello. The latter, though, seem to range from about £350 to about £80,000, making it hard to judge where the Goldilocks-zone is.
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  • Sporky said:
    I'm still finding it tricky getting my hands into the right places without looking - and looking is particularly bad with cello on account of the fingerboard starting right next to your ear...

    When I bought the bass I said to the girl in the shop (fiddle player) how do you consistently hit the octave note high up the neck without the benefit of frets, she said "you use your ears, dear" . That was me told : >
    Bad advice. Ears bad. Fingers good.
    Give a man a fire and he's warm for the day. But set fire to him and he's warm for the rest of his life
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  • SporkySporky Frets: 12287
    Fingers and ears should be friends.

    This week I have learnded that cello is harder once you take the 4th and 5th stickers off.

    Also that my next cello should be from Germany, have been made in a year beginning with 18, and cost somewhere around £3500-£5500. I prefer to repress the memory of finding out what my third cello should cost, or how much I need to save up for a bow.
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  • vizviz Frets: 4550
    At least you don't have a pedal harp on the shopping list like we do  :(
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  • SporkySporky Frets: 12287
    A quick google suggests that "ouch" is an appropriate response.
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  • RolandRoland Frets: 1545
    Sporky said:
    Last week and this I have mostly been learning that Bach is really quite tricky.
    At university I used to discuss music with a talented violinist. We agreed that Bach and Handel used the same notes, but in different orders.  Bach's note sequences were logical, which didn't mean they were melodic.  Whether or not they were easier to remember depended on whether you were a classical musician (him) or a mathematician (not me).
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  • paul_c2paul_c2 Frets: 400
    Sporky said:
    Fingers and ears should be friends.

    This week I have learnded that cello is harder once you take the 4th and 5th stickers off.

    Also that my next cello should be from Germany, have been made in a year beginning with 18, and cost somewhere around £3500-£5500. I prefer to repress the memory of finding out what my third cello should cost, or how much I need to save up for a bow.

    If you choose to play Bassoon, and want a good one, there is a particular forest in Germany that the wood must be sourced from; and there's a 6 year waiting list. I won't even mention the price.


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  • SporkySporky Frets: 12287
    Well, you're all lucky I didn't take up learning to fly the autogyro.
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  • paul_c2paul_c2 Frets: 400
    My hobby of basic servicing on Ferrari engines from 1970-1990 is struggling to get going too.
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  • RiftAmpsRiftAmps Frets: 1040
    Sporky said:
    If I just play the notes the monsters tell me to
    I too am told what to play by the monsters in my head, no point fighting them....
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  • SporkySporky Frets: 12287
    I've been working on bowing mostly. Turns out there's an equivalent of 'tone is in the fingers'. If I tuck my little finger behind the bow my cello sounds much better. Weird.
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  • Sporky said:
    I've been working on bowing mostly. 
    Its easy you just kind of bend at the waist.
    This is my rant thread, there are others like it, but this one is mine.
    Bet you're wondering if this is a flounce? Truth is I haven't decided yet.
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  • SporkySporky Frets: 12287
    Ah! I thought it was more in the wrist. Ta!
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  • vizviz Frets: 4550
    That's bowling. 
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  • can you mod it and fit a bigsby and relic it ??
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  • SporkySporky Frets: 12287
    Morally speaking, no.
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