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


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.

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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, click the image above.