The Bare Necessities Part 3

Another item that no cellist can do without is rosin.  Made from tree sap, this hard and sticky substance is applied to the bowhair to create friction between the bow and string and, ideally, create a beautiful tone.  Since it is used by all members of the string family (e.g. violins, violas, basses, cellos) it is important to buy the appropriate type for your instrument.  Cellists typically use darker, stickier rosin to accommodate their large thick strings.  While I cannot definitively identify the best brand of rosin, since every cellist develops his or her own personal opinion on the subject, I can identify one type that works for all beginners as well as my favorite brand which may interest some of the intermediate or advanced players out there.

1. Standard Cello Rosin

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As I said before, this type of rosin works for all beginners.  I started with; so did most cellists I know.  It gets the job done of sticking to your bow and allowing you to produce a decent sound…in the beginning, that’s all you need.

To purchase this rosin on amazon.com, click the image above.

2. Andrea Solo Cello Rosin

The Andrea Solo Cello Rosin is my rosin of choice.  I’ve been using it for two years now, and never get sick of it.  Minimal appliance allows me to produce a smooth but stable sound as well as a wide range of colors without unnecessary effort.

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I highly recommend this product to any intermediate level or advanced cellists looking for a good rosin brand. Fun fact, this particular brand is used by world renowned cellist Lynn Harrell.  Don’t know who Lynn Harrell is?  Watch and listen to one of the foremost cellists of our time on youtube.

To purchase Andrea Solo Cello Rosin on amazon.com, click the image above.

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The Bare Necessities Part 2

One common accessory of all cellists that beginners often overlook is the “rockstop” or endpin holder.  This basic accessory allows a cellist to play on any type of floor without worrying about scratching it or sliding all over the place.  Do NOT underestimate the importance of this accessory.  I have had the unfortunate  experiences of sliding back and forth with an inadequate rockstop and scratching my living room floor without one.  Please, do yourself a favor, and buy a competent rockstop.

Listed below are three basic kinds of rockstops.

1. The Basic Rockstop

The basic rockstop was my first rockstop.

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It holds well to some surfaces, but, in my experience, has a tendency to slide on harder sufaces such as linoleum, marble, and even some varnished wood floors.  It is the least expensive for a reason.

To purchase this rockstop on amazon.com, click the image above

2. The Sticky Rockstop

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This rockstop works much better than the basic rockstop because of its adhesive coating along the bottom which sticks to any surface.  The only con of this type, is that its bottom may wear out over time and with use.

To purchase this rockstop on amazon.com, follow the link below.

3. The Anchor

This is my rockstop of choice.  It lasts forever, provides reliable support, works on any surface, and is adjustable according to your seat.  The only possible con of this type is the unlikely event of an unusually large chair leg not fitting into the back end of the anchor

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To purchase this rockstop on amazon.com, click the image above.