I will give you a crash course for learning the cello and teach you a year's worth in one instructable
Step 1: Get your cello
if you are to play the cello, then you must get one.
here are your options:
1. buy new
2. buy used
3. rent used
I would prefer to rent one because i only paid $25.00 for a cello for one full year
then there is size
1. 1/4 size
2. 2/4 size
3. 3/4 size (the one I use)
4. 4/4 size (full size)
note: different sizes sound different because of the shell size
If you are 5ft-5ft5 get a 3/4
Step 2: Taking apart the cello in case
now that you bought the cello, it's time to open it.
the basic parts of the cello are:
first, remove the bow. That may sound easy but you must grab it without touching the non-wood part (horsehair). the horsehair is white, so don't touch it!
Step 3: Setup
first set the bow nearby within reach. then adjust the pin on the bottom of the cello top the appropriate length. now grab the bow.
Step 4: How to hold the bow
bad news. before you learn notes, you must learn to hold the bow. you must hold the pencil between the second joint of your middle finger and tip of thumb. the picture shows the position of the other fingers. practice this on the bow next
Step 5: Let's learn some music!
now, we will learn types of notes. the first picture shows you the types of notes from fastest played to slowest played. the next picture shows the different notes all in 2 beat fashion. Middle f and high c are sharps played with 3 fingers in this case. naturals are played with 2 fingers
Step 6: How long is a beat?
basically, a beat is 2 seconds. so a eighth note is a half- beat or 1 second