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The Anatomy of The Cello

The Anatomy of The Cello

The cello is a beautiful and harmonious instrument with a luxurious build. While cellos take the form of the higher-strung violin, the function and the technique for playing is different. The cello is played situated between the knees of the musician while the violin...

A Brief History of The Cello

A Brief History of The Cello

Whether a new cellist or a long-time string fan, the cello is a beautiful and storied instrument. For hundreds of years, the warm, rich tones have accompanied a variety of platforms from orchestras to poetry, to psalms and mantras.  In civilizations before AD, string...

Common Habits of Successful Italian Language Learners

Common Habits of Successful Italian Language Learners

The Italian language is undeniably beautiful as well as challenging. Even for native English speakers or those who are fluent in a similar language may experience some difficulties when adapting to things like verb conjugation or slang. For those looking to improve their Italian language skills on a regular basis, the following habits are a great way to accelerate your learning and heighten your overall productivity.

Teaching Yourself to Play the Cello

Teaching Yourself to Play the Cello

Learning an instrument takes time, money, practice, and determination. While taking lessons is certainly an option, there are ways you can teach yourself if you are feeling particularly independent or want to minimize expenses. The cello is a challenging instrument to learn, even with an instructor but there are resources and tips available to help you teach yourself the basics.

The Dialects of Italy

The Dialects of Italy

When learning a language, most individuals can stick to standard grammar and punctuation. However, for individuals looking to travel and use their language skills, it may be a good idea to consider various dialects. Much of the time, you can get away with using the standard language, but attempting to learn a dialect or two is often a fun challenge that can glean more insight into a local culture.

The Cello’s Role

The Cello’s Role

Each orchestra may have a different composition of instruments, but each one plays certain roles regardless of the piece being played. In particular, the cello plays a notable role that necessitates its presence in nearly every string-based collective from full orchestras to quartets. Not only is the music it produces beautiful, the cello serves to guide the orchestration through each song, as well.

What You Should Know Before Traveling to Italy

What You Should Know Before Traveling to Italy

Whether traveling for leisure, academics, or to visit family, Italy provides a host of exciting opportunities to enjoy a different culture and overall atmosphere. While you don’t need a master of the Italian language or a comprehensive understanding of the nation’s history, there are some things you should know before arriving in Italy.