10 things they didn't tell you about playing the cello

3 February 2017, 14:10 | Updated: 13 March 2017, 19:51

Cello geek

By Amy MacKenzie

Thinking of learning the cello? Great! But be aware...

Iva Casian Lakos and Eric Tinkerhess play a traditional Macedonian love song, Jovano, Jovanke, adapted from an arrangement by Giovanni Sollima and Monika Leskovar.

Want to learn the cello and do amazing stuff like this? Of course you do. There's just some stuff you need to know first.

1. Everyone,  and we mean EVERYONE, will make THAT School of Rock reference

 School of Rock

2. Set-up is crucial

It's really important to make sure you've set your instrument up properly. Sure, you've tuned up and tightened your bow, but is your spike secured?


3. Light-up bows exist

And they're awesome.

4. Sure, these guys make it look easy...

But performing on the go is harder than you'd think...


5. You will get mocked, a lot


6. Those haters: can they do stuff like this?


7. Ladies, forget your dreams of long nails and short dresses

It's short nails and long trousers for you. FOREVER.

guitarist fingers


8. You'll spend your life switching between bass, TENOR and treble clef

Usually resulting in playing in the entirely wrong key.

Cello clefs

9. There is more in the repertoire than just Pachelbel

Thankfully you won't spend your entire career playing those same eight notes over, and over, and over again. Check out our list of the greatest cello pieces ever written.


10. Travelling with your cello is an adventure within itself


cello on plane

Cello car