Re: About to Join the Club
Even though it's in the mando family, the 'cello is SUCH a different instrument. I play it in a very different style than a mandolin. It's really sweet on the high end, but absolutely stunning on the low end, so I tend to use the A string more for an accent. Modal chords take on a totally different dimension, especially when you play them on the lower three strings with one string open.
As Tristram indicated, it's really interesting to go into different types of music with the 'cello and see what happens. I like to put on a cd of rock, country, or folk and just play leads and fills.
A really good album for mandocello exploration is the Nashville Mandolin Ensemble's Bach, Beatles, and Bluegrass, the title of which gives away the range of the tunes. Aside from hearing Butch Baldassari on mandolin, you'll get to hear John Hedgecoth playing mandocello in a variety of musical contexts.
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