5 String Cello's
I know this isn't a Cello forum, but the ones I have signed up on are ghost towns. But for those of you in the know, what is more useful on a 5 string Cello, a low F or a high E?
High e in my opinion. One can play the d major Bach suite with much greater ease and if you want to cheat a lot of the Elgar isn’t at the VERY end of the fingerboard just really close
Agreed! E for sure! That is,if you want to have an easier time playing most cello music.
There are at least two works in the classical cello repertoire that were composed for a 5-stringed cello (or similar instrument) with an E string - Bach's 6th suite (already mentioned) and Schubert's "Arpeggione" Sonata. Both are playable on the 4-stringer, but the added E makes things a little easier and, perhaps more importantly, gets closer to what the composer intended.
Thanks for the comments all! Andrew Victor: That pretty much sums it up for me, I would be a novice on the Cello so I suppose making the switch from a 4 string wouldn't be an issue.
Bernhard Heinrich Romberg an 18th-19th century cellist made a modification to the cello fingerboard that survives to this day. Known as a "Romberg" it involved flattening the fingerboard under the C (lowest) string.
The arpeggione sonata was composed for apreggione not five string cello. But the e string helps as the sonata on the arpeggione is not at all virtuosic so having it as the easiest possible to play makes it probably more musically correct
Andrew, I would probably go with a NS Design WAV5. I own 4,5, and 6 string basses and can switch without making any mental blunders. About the only thing that messes with my mind is when a band leader makes a last minute key change, whether I'm playing bass or acoustic/electric guitar, that definitely screws with me.
What size cello is this?
Jeffrey - that's a cello de spalla.
I'm going to focus on original material, I just love Hildur Guðnadóttir, she's a huge inspiration for the direction I'd like to go in.
If you are doing looping like her then definitely low F!
There is nothing new about the idea of a five string cello. But there are not many around. That's curious, don't you think?
I don't have one, yet, but there is a similar discussion about the 5-string viola, with a high E string. That would make it possible to have a large Viola that wins the audition, and still be able to play Richard Strauss orchestra parts. 5-string Cellos or Violas or Basses need to be custom built, it's not just changing the bridge, nut, tailpiece, but the extra string puts more pressure on the top plate, and needs more support.
You mean Jeffrey? :)
Here is Daniel Pane, clearly using the 5th string.
Has anyone tried out the NS Design Composite bow? I actually went with the WAV4 Cello as opposed to a 5 string
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