The Cello for Beginners

The cello is a great choice of instrument for beginner musicians. Whatever the age, ability, or need of the player there is a cello to suit. If you are a beginner and you are looking to play the cello we have a few tips to help you get started.

Tips for Buying a Cello:  

When choosing a cello it is important to get the correct size for the player. Having the correct size will ensure that the player can easily reach the fingerboard, develop the correct posture and technique, and is comfortable whilst they play. To find the correct size cello you can use the age, height, arm length, and finger span of the player. To find your size check out our Cello Size Guide.


Depending on the the level you are as a player will influence the cello you will get. As a beginner player you are best to get a cello that has been specifically designed for beginners and then upgrade your instrument as you go. 


Price is an important factor for most when choosing an instrument. There will be range of options available to you across every price range to suit your needs and budget. It is worth bearing in mind when choosing a cello that younger players are likely to upgrade their instrument as they grow and all players will probably want to upgrade their instrument as their playing develops.

At Duet Shop all of our cellos are available on our rent to buy plans making it easy to get the cello you need for an affordable price and upgrade it when the time comes. To find out more click here

Tips for Once you Have a Cello: 
Practise Makes Perfect 

With the cello even a complete beginner can produce a good sound quite quickly which is what makes it such a great choice of instrument for beginners. However, even with this in mind, it will require a lot of practise and patience to truly master the cello. There is so much great music that you can play with the cello so persistence will pay off. If you are struggling to stay focused on your cello practise have a read of our 6 Ways to Avoid Procrastinating When You Should be Practising.

Make Use of Everything Available

There are a lot of helpful free guides, videos, blogs, forums, apps etc available out there to help aid learning and practising the cello, make sure to make use of them!  

Join the Community

There is a whole community of cellists that you can be a part of. Once you start playing join bands, orchestras, groups, and forums. Not only will you get some great playing tips but you may even meet some fantastic friends!

Look After Your Instrument

Your instrument will sound better if it is properly cared for, be sure to look after it. Read our cello care guide post How to Care for Your Cello to find out how.

Recommended Cellos

Take a look at the beginner cellos we have available:

Stentor Student I Cello

The Stentor Student I Cello offers a complete cello outfit for beginners. The Student I produces an excellent responsive tone and though aimed at beginners it is also suited to intermediate players. This cello outfit comes supplied with a traditional brazilwood bow featuring an ebony frog and natural white horse hair, rosin, and a padded nylon case with accessory pocket. Shoulder straps are also provided making transportation that bit easier.

It is available in sizes 1/10 through to 4/4 from as little as £9.44* per month (price for 1/10 size cello). Click here to find out more.

Stentor Student II Cello

The Stentor Student II Cello offers a complete cello outfit for beginners or intermediate players. The Student II is an excellent choice for beginners in need of an upgrade or for intermediate level cellists. This cello outfit comes supplied with a brazilwood bow, rosin, and a padded nylon case with detachable shoulder straps. It is available in sizes 1/10 through to 4/4 from £11.65* per month (price for 1/10 size cello). Click here to find out more.

MMX BEC300 Cello

This MMX Cello offers a complete outfit that is ideal for beginner or intermediate students. The MMX BEC300 is a hand carved cello that provides a reliable response and expressive tone.  It is available in sizes 1/4 through to 4/4 from £19.50* per month (price for 1/4 size cello). Click here to find out more

Check out the Duet Shop to see our whole collection of cellos and don't forget that if you can't find what you are looking for just drop us a message with the details and we can look into getting it for you!

*Prices correct at time of publish. 
Please note: there is a minimum monthly payment of £7.50 – if your choice doesn’t reach this threshold, check to see if choosing a shorter rental period will - or you'll need to add more items to your basket!

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