Question by Becky: How do you pick up guitar and cello if you can already play other instruments?
I have played violin for 10 years, piano for 4 years, flute for 2 years, and I can also play viola because it’s so similar to violin. I love the sound of cello and bassoon though, and guitar’s awesome and convenient. Is it hard to pick guitar and cello up with my prior instrumental background? Would I need lessons, or can I just learn these based on my prior knowledge of violin, viola, and chords/music theory?
Answer by Cal
because violins, flutes and cellos normally play one note at a time, you will need some knowledge of chord theory, but it can learned, and obviously, as you play piano, you probably do have some knowledge of such. cello and guitar are COMPELTELY different to each other, in sound, style and use. One thing I advise, is that if you want to make good use of music theory, i reccomend you learn jazz, as it uses music theory much more than other genres, and rock dosent take as much skill. i like all genres of music, but i realised that despite how technical metal can be, the music theory behind jazz is just incredible, and truly great players are jazz player, for instance, Giant Steps by John Coltraine. Also, you can play on your own more often with guitar, as cello is a more orchestral instrument, though there are songs like Prelude No.1 which are solo piecies.
Also, In theory, you could play guitar in an upright position or like a piano: I play the guitar in an upright position quite a lot, and i also play it like a piano sometimes
Good Luck =) just choose whatever one you are most drawn too.
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