The Proper Sitting Position for the Cello

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Diana from the International School of Music demonstrates the proper sitting position for the cello
    My name is Diana and I'm here at the International School of Music in Bethesda, Maryland. In this clip, we will be covering how to sit with the cello and some of the very basics. So, one of the first things that you want to do is find an appropriate chair. For most adults, this will be a normal chair height with a flat top to the chair. When you sit down, both feet should be able to be flat on the floor and your legs should be approximately at a 90 angle, maybe a little bit larger. So in addition to maintaining the connection with the floor through our feet, you want both sitting bones to be balanced to the chair equally. And after that, you need to find the appropriate height for our endpin, so all cellos have an endpin. First of all, you need to loosen it, take it out to an appropriate level, and then retighten it. When the cello is resting on the ground, the C peg, this one right here, should be about ear level or maybe slightly below. If the endpin is too short, you will see that this does not happen clearly. So once you've found an appropriate length for the endpin, you want to rest the bouts of the cello between your knees which is right about there and again, maintain your flexibility and mobility. The top of the cello should rest about the lower rib cage level. And one thing to -- important thing to keep in mind when you're playing the cello is that you always want to bring the cello to you. So just experiment with your arm and bringing it in towards you as opposed to having the cello somewhere and bringing your body to meet that. So again, maintain the integrity of your spine and bring the cello to you. Once the cello is resting there, you can test your range of motion with your left arm just by sliding up and down the fingerboard. In the next clip, we will be covering tuning the cello.