The cello was born in the same place as the violin, Italy. It was here that the great string instrument makers like Amati and Stradivari created the early forms of violins, violas, cellos and basses. The cello started out as a smaller instrument that was loosely held in the arms and played with a bow.
Eventually as music and orchestras changed, the need for lower pitched and louder instruments increased. Instrument makers began to expand the size of the instruments and soon the viola da gamba was created. This was a closely related instrument to the modern violoncello or its nickname, the cello. Soon the cello was made using wire strings with a smaller body. This instrument was perfected to have a louder and more precise sound than its ancestors.
Cellos come in several different sizes including 4/4, 3/4, 2/4 and 1/4. This gives very young students the opportunity to learn this instrument. The cello is also a great instrument to play in your NYC apartment as it is not very large and can be played quietly. Cellos are great instruments to play by yourself but also make important additions to any orchestra or chamber group.
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