A proud member of the violin family, from a great distance, the cello could easily be mistaken for a violin albeit when you get closer, it is easy to see this instrument is over twice as big. Also called the violoncelle or violoncello, the cello has four strings pitched C-G-D-A, each of the cellos four strings are each an octave higher.
To learn to play the cello would make one a cellist, or violoncellist, and any cellist can enjoy the large repertoire of the cello including solo and accompaniment pieces. You will often find at least one cello in most modern ensembles from rock bands to Chinese orchestras. The cello is a well established and highly valued instrument.
Developed in the 16th century, the cello was originally made with five strings and to act purely as a bass instrument in ensembles. Famous composers Haydn and Mozart were some of the first to give increased prominence to the cello in instrumental ensembles. There are many notable works for the cello, including Bach's six suites, Beethoven's five sonatas, and the concertos of Elgar, Barber, and Lalo.
Anyone can learn to play the cello, but it is especially recommended for young players and can provide a fantastic musical education grounding if it is one's first instrument and can be one of the least difficult string instruments to learn.
The cello and therefore, cellists are a critical part of almost all ensembles. It brings balance amidst a plethora of high-pitched instruments and often retains a unique role in quartets, trios, orchestras and chamber groups. As a result, skilled cellists are often in high demand.
Learning to play the cello can also have a great impact on the brain. As a learning process, it incorporates an array of learning styles such as auditory, visual, and kinesthetic. The areas of the brain developed by this instrument can also help with learning in mathematics, coordination, and multitasking. Learning any instrument has also proved to do wonders for memory and comprehension, creating connections that will last throughout one's life.
As with learning any instrument, the cost of learning it is usually down to the cost per lesson of the teacher, but can also include costs such as instrument hire or purchase. A brand new cello can cost anywhere upwards of £200, whereas secondhand cellos can be acquired for much less.
Depending on one's age and the level of tutoring required, cello lessons can start for as little as £15 per lesson. Depending on the grade and expertise of the tutor, these per lesson prices can go as high as £45. At TutorExtra we aim to provide comprehensive access to tutors of all grades and levels in 1000s of subject areas.