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Are cellos in an orchestra similar to percussion in a band?
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July 6, 2022 - 4:41 pm
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I do not play in an orchestra, in front of anyone, but with my first instructor, I was invited to join her little orchestra group. I kept saying, "no way" and finally had to say I would think about it. Well, she decided that was a "yes", when it was just a way to stop being asked, LOL

Anyway, the next lesson she came in with the cello part of one of the pieces. Wow, that was boring. All it was the same two notes almost through the entire piece, then a bunch of rests.

I was reminded of the percussionists in our school band. All most of them did was stand around, and occasionally ding a bell, while one drummer did just about everything else. Really? Why would anyone enjoy that?

When I told her that I would consider it, all of a sudden there was no lesson material to learn from. It was only that orchestra piece, which had no business in my lessons, the two were not connected. The orchestra was on the side. The bonus was that I saw what the cello would be doing in the little orchestra she had, basically, nothing, like most of the percussion section in the school band. So, I told her I decided I did not want to do it. I don't play in front of people, anyway, but she would not take no for an answer. Not long after, she was no longer my instructor.

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July 10, 2022 - 4:54 pm
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Pity that she apparently thought more about what she needed (filling her orchestra seats) than what you actually wanted. Anyway, good thing you know what you want or don't want.

On the list of boring stuff for cellists, there's Canon in D… who wants to play the cello part of the orchestral version ! (I find this version beautiful though)

July 11, 2022 - 6:41 am
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That was lovely, @wtw. I mentioned it to the shop owner a few years later and he was not happy. The cello teacher was gone by then.

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