We recommend starting cello for ages four and up.
The cello instrument is also in the violin family, and is essentially a very large version of the violin with a much deeper tone. Unlike the violin and viola, the tip of a cello (called the endpin) rests on the floor while it is played. The cello is the second-largest bowed string instrument in the modern symphony orchestra; the double bass being the largest. The cello is tuned to a much lower register than the violin or viola (one octave below the viola).
An important factor in starting cello lessons at a very young age is finding a small enough instrument. The smallest common cello size is typically 1/8, which would typically be suitable for a 4-5 year old. Most adults will use a full size cello.
Renting a cello (as opposed to purchase) is often a preferable option for parents of young children because as a child grows they will need to move into a bigger cello.
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