Name of Instrument:
Cello or Violoncello; during the 18th century composers showcased the cello's lower register (i.e. baritone), but also used its higher registers later on.
How to Play:
The musician, or cellist, sits down while holding the instrument between his legs supported by a metal spike. The cellist rubs the bow across the string to produce sound. Common playing techniques used in string instruments include double stop, harmonics, mute, pizzicato, tremolo and vibrato.
Cellos come in a variety of sizes to suit the age, height or body length of a player. read this article to help you find the right size of cello for you or your child.
First known Cellos:
The first known maker of cellos was Andrea Amati of Cremona during the 1500s. Amati apprenticed as a lute maker and in 1525, he became a master instrument maker.
Some of the notable cellists are Pablo Casals, Yo-Yo Ma, Gregor Piatigorsky and Mstislav Rostropovich, to name a few.