THE ORCHESTRA: A USER'S MANUAL

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CELLO


Section: Strings
Transposing? No

Construction
Range
Bowing
Plucking
Left Hand
Mute/Harmonics
Chords
Extended
Player's Tips and Tricks

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Chords

General remarks about double stops:
3-note chords:
4-note chords:
Pizzicato chords:

3 and 4-note chords are always arpeggiated when played on solo instruments,
however
chords written for an orchestral section will usually be played divisi:

It is best to avoid writing chords in fast music unless the cellist is an extremely good player and has plenty of time to practise the piece in advance!