There are several cello sites on Facebook, and being a cello-nut, I tend to check them out. The downside is that it takes a lot of time away from actually practicing. The upside is that there are a lot of adult amateur cellists who have a lot of great ideas about playing the cello. From technique and books to instruments and products. Everyone has an idea and opinion.
Which brings me to the latest one that really seemed to generate a lot of comments. Rosin. What kind do you use? What works the best? One writer did an entry about Andrea Solo Cello Rosin. He was funny, saying how much the rosin improved his sound, but he was sincere as well. There were many, many comments after his touting this brand of rosin. Most were very favorable, saying how much the rosin improved their tone and how it helped with their bowing.
I’ve never noticed one rosin was any better or worse. But that’s just me. I’m certainly not an expert on rosin. I’ve used Hill’s Dark Rosin, Magic Rosin (fun because it shines), Pirastro Cellisto Rosin, and Salchow Rosin (really cute in a heart shape). But I was inspired by all the rave reviews. Always grasping for that “magic” that changes my tone from struggling adult beginner to sultry du Pré.
So I made the leap and shelled out $32 for a cake of the Andrea rosin. I was pretty excited when it finally arrived- 2 days thanks to Amazon. I rushed to my cello, whipped out my bow, rosined it up, and turned on the Korg. After being sure I was in tune, I pulled out something lovely and romantic- Shubert’s Standchen Serenade. New, but I could play it. I played and listened. Recorded a few measures. Listened carefully. Played again and recorded again.
My analysis: It’s just rosin. No magic. For me, there isn’t any substitute for playing, listening, and experimenting. It’s just that simple.