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Picture Yourself Playing Cello: Step-by-Step Instruction for Playing the Cello by Jim Aikin

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Introduction

PEOPLE SOMETIMES SAY TO ME, “Oh, the cello is my favorite instrument!” Maybe they’re just being polite—but somehow I doubt many people say this sort of thing to bagpipe players or timpani players. There is truly something unique about the rich, warm sound of the cello.

Of all the instruments in the orchestra, the cello sounds most like the human voice. We can play the low, full sounds of a male singer or the soaring sweet sounds of a female vocalist. Instead of singing, we use a bow and strings, but the cello can easily be as expressive as the human voice.

Playing the cello is not only an amazing and rewarding musical adventure; it’s also a social activity. The cello is almost always played as part of a group—either a small chamber ...

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