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How to Install and Tune the Cello and Choose A Bow?

1. How to install and tune the strings of a cello?


(1) Each string should be installed on the specified peg, and the strings should be wound in sequence.


(2) The strings should be installed as straight as possible so that the strings are not easy to loosen. Do not skew and stagger, so that the strings are restrained by each other.


(3) After the string is inserted into the shaft hole, the twisting direction is from the inside to the outside. Be careful not to reverse the twist.


(4) To facilitate the tuning, the direction and position of the pegs should be adjusted when the cello musical instrument is installed.


(5) When tuning, generally set the pitch of the A string first, and then set the D, E, and G strings according to the pitch of the A string. Sometimes after a few strings are moved, the pitch of the A string will be low, so it needs to be checked repeatedly.


(6) When learning how to tune the strings, you can listen to the single tone first. After the pitch is set, pull two strings at the same time and adjust slightly until the sound is completely harmonious.


(7) The process of tuning the strings is also a process of ear training. Do not practice the cello before the strings are set.


(8) The pegs will become tighter and looser under the influence of climate change, making tuning inconvenient. If it is too tight, you can use a pencil lead to coat the shaft, and when it is too loose, apply some rosin (chalk ash can also be used).


2. How to choose a cello bow?


All cello students know that bows are often used in our performances, and are also regularly replaced. So how do you choose a cello bow that suits you?


(1) Bring your usual bow and cello as a benchmark for choosing a new bow.


(2) When multiple bows are neatly displayed in front of you, first compare the lengths of the cello bows and select the longer bows.


(3) Check the material of the bow. The fibers of the wood must go straight from the tail to the head like bamboo fibers.


(4) Choose the one with denser growth rings.


(5) Tighten the bow hair (rotate the rotor of the bow tail) so that the distance between the bow hair and the bow body of all bows is the same.


(6) Contact the central part of the cello bow with the strings and apply pressure. A good bow can withstand greater pressure and at the same time emit a louder sound, which means that the tension of the bow is sufficient.


(7) Check the perceived weight of the bow. The perceived weight of the bow is not its actual weight. Put the bow on a precise scale, and the value obtained is the actual weight of the bow. This is different from the "perceived weight". Choose the lighter one.


(8) Try out simple pieces. Don't use complicated techniques when using the bow. The nature of the bow under the simple bow is easier to show.


(9) If you are a senior player, use your skills to make the bow jump on the strings, and the cello musical instrument adds more complicated elements to the bow to feel whether the bow in your hand is smooth.


(10) What you need to do next is not to buy a new bow right away, but to cool down the things in your mind, recall the sound, elasticity, weight, and feel just now, and calm down to decide whether to buy or not.


(11) Finally, when you want to pay, the bow in your heart must emerge. The bow in your heart must be very clear and firm and do not mix other factors. Remember that each player's hand is different. What is right for you is not right for him.


Finally, there is a very important addition, that is, don't be fooled by the appearance of the bow. Some high-priced bows are made of gold or silver medal. These precious materials have no absolute impact on the sound of the cello musical instrument.


It is not that the sound will be louder when gold is used, and the operation will become easier. Of course, precious metals increase the added value of the bow.


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