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The cello or violoncello is a bowed or plucked string instrument with four strings tuned in perfect fifths.


Cello, in my humble opinion, is very difficult to play. As someone said before me, the cello has a large fingerboard, and you need to have extreme coordination and muscle memory to find the perfect note. I'm not saying that brass or woodwind instruments aren't hard (they totally are), but they have set places for your fingers to go, and if you place the right amount of pressure while covering the hole, you can make perfect notes (if your instrument is in tune, that is... ) almost every time. For cellos (or any other stringed instrument, for that matter), Every time you place your fingers down, you get a slightly different pitch than when you first played that note. Also, even though we almost never get the melody in a score, that doesn't mean that playing our part is easy. We have to shift every time we want to play a high note that the higher instruments can play with ease, and we have to do a lot of string hopping to get the desired sound. I believe that all instruments are equally ...more

I think it is kind of silly when we rank these instruments. However, I have always found it interesting that violin places above cello as more difficult. The violin and the cello have the same difficulty in intonation (placing the fingers) and bow and instrument complications, however, the cello has a much larger physical range through which the fingers have to move. The speed and perfection needed for a piece like the Dvorzak's B flat concerto is amazingly difficult. Furthermore, the cello strings are also stronger and larger, and require more finesse (and strength) to play well.

Where the violin would be more difficult is that it is held horizontally, while at least the cellist gets to sit down and rest the bow on the instrument. Still, all in all, I would rank the cello at the very top, and no less difficult if not more difficult than the violin.

I have played cello for approximately 48 years, so I may be biased. However, I have played the violin and find it very easy ...more

Cello is hard but has a rich, pleasing sound. Each instruments have their own challenges and such, but the cello has two major difficulties that combine into a very hard technique to master: playing the right notes in tune while having it in a upright position leaning against your front while sitting down. This requires a special form of hand and arm that can't be fully extended, unlike the violin/viola and can't be bent fully, unlike the bass. The cello also requires a bow stroke that extends your arm in a 90 degree angle but folds in like a wing while coming down. I've played all string instruments, as a symphony conductor, but I think the cello is the hardest of all. I majored in oboe, though, but other than simple techniques and sound enhancement there wasn't much to it. The violin requires a lot more technical efforts that take a while to master, and the cello even more than the violin.

I started playing the cello last year instead of clarinet, and I think the cello is harder than clarinet. Sometimes I get discouraged when a note doesn't sound right since cello is note only about the pitch, most of it is the tone. Not only is it a difficult instrument, it's hard to carry around. But I've had experience so I can open a door with a cello in my hand and my school supplies in the other. Also, I would recommend people with big hands to play cello. I, having small hands, still play a 3/4 cello, which is too small for me but I can't play a full cello because my hands are tiny. Saying that, cello is actually really fun when you can play some recognizable songs. The cello has a dark, mellow sound, which sounds beautiful. I'm ashamed to say this, but I was motivated to play cello so I could play the Angel theme song. (Look it up it's a pretty song)

Every instrument is hard, the piano is easier at first, because it sounds good and tuned when you press a key, to produce sound with a cello is difficult, not to mention the correct pitch. The cello has the widest range of the string family and the same or similar difficulties as any string players have. Nonetheless, even though the piano must be easier, the music pieces they have to play can be very complex, so, is it really an instrument more difficult than another? It depends on what you want to play. Twinkle twinkle little star is harder in a cello than a piano, playing chords is also harder, but, playing two melodies at the same time, is something unique and also difficult.

I play the cello and have the opinion that stringed instruments are more difficult to play than all others. All musical instruments are a challenge and good performance will not be easy. However, stringed instruments require two techniques that set them apart. The first is intonation: your fingers must be in the proper place to get a good sound, and the second is shifting: moving your hand up the fingerboard to play the desired notes. Combined, these two important techniques will make stringed instruments quite a challenge to play. In addition to this there is vibrato and things that must be done with the bow to get a good sound out of the instrument.

The 'cello is the most difficult instrument to play well. Bowed strings in general are hard to master since the player effectively plays two instruments simultaneously, the bow in the right hand and the instrument with the left. A 'cello's string stopping force is much greater than the violin's, and moreover the longer string length requires the player to move the left hand more frequently. Large intervals need longer shifts requiring painstaking practise and often requiring thumb positions with no obvious reference. Bow technique is complicated by gravity acting on the bow along the string rather than onto the string. Low strings like the C and G string are often difficult to excite due to their length and mass and the relatively small and light bow, and careful optimisation of arm weight, bow speed and contact point are even more essential than the upper strings. No instrument is more rewarding than the 'cello with its five octave compass mirroring that of the human voice and its ...more

I have been playing the cello for 2 years. I am in the middle school varsity orchestra. I still can't play cello suite no. 1. One of the hardest things about playing a string instrument is the bow placement. There are so many different bow strokes. My orchestra director is always getting on to us about now placement and style. Also, thumb position? Really? You just get good at 5th position and now your playing on the side of your thumb? It is the definition of evil. For me, making my notes flow together nicely is hardest. I absolutely suck at legato while playing 4th finger on the g string to 4th finger on the d string. So hard. You have to completely pick up you fingers and move them or else you would end up not playing on the tips of your fingers (proper position). But still, thumb position, evil.

My sister has been playing the cello for 2 years and she has been having so much fun with it, she has really shown how her talents can out-burst like crazy, but I personally believe that others who engage, and dedicate their hard work into something a bit difficult, they can be very entertaining and shine like a star. I can find that in probably anyone who takes time to make it sound beautiful, she is in 7th grade and she make me think she is ready for a full on orchestra!

The cello takes a lot of work to play. Your brain has to do three things simultaneously. You have to read the music, know how to work your left hand, which has lots of shifting, and know the speed and pressure of your right hand to produce both a good tone and a certain length of a note. It's much harder than all other orchestra instruments. The cello is the only instrument in orchestra that uses three clefs. They play in Bass, Treble, and Tenor.

The Cello has a very long fingerboard which means it takes a lot of time and practice to learn to find the right spot. This means that the cello is very hard to play as it is very easy to be out of tune. The cello also requires the player to focus on both arms as playing the cello needs to be done with correct bowing and fingering.

How is electric guitar higher than cello, are people really this dumb? Frets make any instrument easier because you are not shown where the finger placement is for each note, not even mentioning lack bowing techniques for guitar. Everyone and their uncle plays guitar only reason it is even on this list, actually guitar is a relatively easy instrument compared to any instrument with a bow.

The cello is a very complex instrument, and takes a large bit of time to become a skilled player. Oddly, it is not very hard to start playing with no previous experience. However, as you start to play using all four of the strings, it gets increasingly harder. Luckily, starting is not hard. I got halfway through my first book on my first day.

I have played the cello for a long time, and I believe that string instruments are very difficult compared to almost any other instrument in the world. In fact, it has been proven that string instruments are the hardest instruments to master, not including guitar, but classical orchestra instruments (violin, viola, cello, string bass).

I have been playing the violin since I was 7 years old. I played in an orchestra, where it was about 50% who played violin and 50% who played the cello. Once I tried playing the cello, it's not that hard for someone who can play the violin, but I think it must be as hard as the violin for a new beginner. I think violin should be #1, cello #2 and piano #3.

I have played the cello for 5 years, and I am doing my Grade 5 exam. It's easy to begin, but gradually gets harder later in your career. At first, you only do open strings, but soon shifts and accidentals can get tricky. There are times where you have to guess, so to succeed well, you'll have to practice often.

Two words, MUSCLE MEMORY. That is all you need to play this instrument almost perfectly. This makes it one of the easiest. You can get very good muscle memory by just playing it for a year. All these people who are saying this is one of the hardest instruments to play, obviously didn't practice much.

Well, there are a lot of people who thinks cello is one of the easiest instrument to play. It isn't. Because the strings are long, your hands need to be constantly moving and it's just hard.

My cello friend let me try her cello, and my fourth finger felt like it was going to fall of! ( I'm a viola player ) And always there are so many out of tune notes when in a section. If I had a dime for every time the conductor had to tune the cellos together, I'd be rich!

Cello is definitely the most hardest because it can be very easy at first but when you get more into it it gets much harder and you need hand eye coordination and able to use both hands differently at the same time

How the hell is electric guitar, this high? People are really this stupid Frets automatically make any instrument easier especially if that instrument doesn't need bowing techniques to be played Cello is harder than guitar.

Actually the cello is the easiest instrument I have ever played. I have been playing the cello for almost a year and I am playing pieces for people in their third year.

I have just taken up the cello and I'm finding it hard already. I haven't even picked up the bow! Don't get me wrong, it's a great instrument and totally worth it

Compared to a violin, the notes on a cello are stretched out more and if you move your finger the slightest bit it either gets sharp or flat and it's obvious you're not in tune.

I play the cello myself and I find that It is an extremely difficult instrument to play. It has a large finger board, many different notes, you to shift in 7 different positions and in different ways sometimes, you need to practice almost every day to build up muscle memory, you need to study different clefs as well because of the wide octaves and not to mention the bowing. to this day I still find bowing VERY difficult. bowing need precision and constant attention.