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Cello

The cello (/ˈɛl/ CHEL-oh; plural cellos or celli) or violoncello (/ˌvələnˈɛl/ VY-ə-lən-CHEL-oh; Italian pronunciation: [vjolonˈtʃɛllo]) is a bowed, and sometimes plucked, string instrument with four strings tuned in perfect fifths. The strings from low to high are generally tuned to C2, G2, D3 and A3, an octave lower than the viola. It is the bass member of the violin family of musical instruments, which also includes the violin, viola and the double bass. The cello is used as a solo musical instrument, as well as in chamber music ensembles (e.g., string quartet), string orchestras, as a member of the string section of symphony orchestras, and some types of rock bands. It is the second-largest and second lowest (in pitch) bowed string instrument in the modern symphony orchestra, the double bass being the largest and having the lowest (deepest) pitch.

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I've been playing cello since 6th grade, but for some odd reason, I decided to stop playing my sophomore year of high school. Listening to these guys gave me to motivation to continue on in my junior year, and now I plan on playing in the college level. In short, these guys will change your perspective about any doubts you have against the beauty of playing music.

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2Cellos is couple of awesome Cellists who make covers of pop culture songs and put a cool new spin on them. I think these are the same people that Natalia posted, but unfortunately her video seems to have been removed.

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These two guys are beyond amazing. This youtube video made their careers and now they are working with Elton John on different covers. Definitely an innovative twist to the cello.

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