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.

Andrea Rosin

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.

The Bare Necessities Part 1

Are you the parent or friend of someone just starting to play the cello?  Are you looking for a great gift for him or her?  If yes, you might want to consider buying a music stand for that budding artist.  I know it sounds basic, but having an adequate music stand can make a huge difference both in a performance and practice atmosphere.

How can something as basic as a music stand make that much of difference?  On more than one occasion winds have blown over my flimsy, sub-par stand in the middle of an outdoor performance, or the screws of an overworked stand have failed me in the middle of a practice session.  Believe me, you do NOT want that to happen to you or your friend/child.  Knowing what kind of stand to look for makes all the difference.

Here are three commonly used stands:

1. The Basic Folding Stand

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This stand works well  for “at home” practicing as well as indoor concerts.  It is lightweight and fold-able making it easy to move from place to place.  Cons of this stand are that it is not conducive to outdoor performances (it will get knocked over by a stiff breeze), and may give you trouble with its screws after much use.

To purchase this stand on amazon.com, click the image on the left.

2. The Manhasset

This is the “classic” music stand you will find in practice rooms and music schools across the country.  It’s sturdy, reliable, and will last forever; and is great for practicing, as well as both indoor and outdoor performances.  

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The only con of the manhasset is that it is rather clunky and heavy, making it difficult to move from place to place.

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

3. The Sturdy Folding Stand

The sturdy folding stand, as I like to call it, is my stand of choice because it is both easy to move from place to place, and also reliable for outdoor concerts.

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The only con of this stand is the possibility of losing the screws used to assemble it.  Many variations of this stand exist, but the image above leads you to the most affordable option.

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