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Aug 15, 2021 - 8:17:03 PM
12377 posts since 9/23/2009

...I know...I'm just flatout crazy or something.

It's big, our house is cramped and it was really hard to play and I figured I'd never get the time to sort it all out and really learn to play anything on it, or make it sound halfway decent.

Yes, I miss it...yes I'm crazy. But I did it, and we can walk around a little easier in here a little easier now. Maybe I shouldn't have...but I did that.

Aug 16, 2021 - 4:53:49 AM
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546 posts since 8/6/2013

Cellos sure sound great with a fiddle. Guess that's why they include em' in those classical string quartets. But, try to find a cello player who's willing to back a fiddler the same as a guitar person...good luck. I guess you were hoping one of the groundhog players might pick it up if you left one hanging around the house. Oh well, there's still that harmonica. lol

Aug 16, 2021 - 5:49:58 AM
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78 posts since 1/24/2019

Aug 16, 2021 - 6:38:31 AM

12377 posts since 9/23/2009

There are some great old time cellists around, but unfortunately, I do think with cello you need to take the time and get help learning the fingering, extensions, etc., all that extra weird stuff that goes with a huge fingerboard...I figured it would be like a big fiddle, but it's gotta be approached all different. I never could do much with it and it takes up space we just don't have to spare. It was a pretty nice cello, had a nice bow, its own rosin, a kinda cheap stand, cheap case, extra seemed pretty nice to me and I only had to pay just slightly over 200 for it...I mean, it cost the same as my viola, which I love because I can play at least as much as I can play a fiddle. The cello is different...anyway...I just gave it to our weekly junk collector guy...I knew he's a musician, doesn't have much money...he started playing something jazzy with his fingers, not the bow, as soon as I asked him if he could use mean, he did more on it than I ever could...I said to him if he could use it and wanted it, go ahead and just take it. I think it made him pretty

That many of those have I given to either my own daughter or my grandson over the years out of frustration???? Lol...unfortunately, the one I have now, the broken arm harmonica...well grandson is too big to want it...I'll have to wait for him to have his own kids so I have some toddler to give it to, some toddler who is unafraid to make music with the thing or have fun with Fortunately, it fits in a drawer and doesn't get in our But I can't play that doggone thing either.

Aug 16, 2021 - 8:18:24 AM
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153 posts since 4/2/2019

I’ve always wanted to learn to play cello and as my retirement looms, I picked up a cello a couple of months ago. I’m still plugging away daily, but it’s taking time! I have been surprised at how PHYSICAL the cello is - pulling down on those heavier strings! My practice sessions are intense, but short! :)

Very nice of you in the details of where your cello went. I love giving instruments to folks who have abilities but lack in financial means. :)

Aug 16, 2021 - 12:37:28 PM
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12377 posts since 9/23/2009

Kudos on learning and playing that cello, Doug! It sure is hard to deal with, but a beautiful instrument.

As far as not being able to afford instruments...been there/done that. That's a very, very frustrating state of affairs. I know the junk guy (can't ever remember his name...we only see him if he finds useful junk in our garbage on garbage day before those guys come) will be able to have a lot of fun with it. Plus, if he needs money more than he needs a cello, he's hooked up with flea markets and could sell it...I hate trying to sell's such a hassle. I don't even like trying to give something's still a hassle finding someone who could use whatever it is. The junk guy plays jazz guitar and bass, so I think the cello fit right in with his musical mindset.

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