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'Four Octaves on a Cello?'
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#beginquote# Hi, I'm a university student and I'm considering learning to play the cello. I know that the lowest note on a cello is C2 (the C two octaves below Middle C), and that the four strings on a standard cello are tuned to C2, G2, D3 and A4. Now, I have read on some websites that the cello has a range of four octaves - does that mean it is capable of producing the note C6? That seems very high, considering its highest string is A4...I am thus confused about what is meant by 'four octaves'. Could someone please tell me what the highest possible note is likely to be? Obviously, only a very skilled player would be able to reach that note, so could someone please also inform me of the highest 'practical' note (that is, the highest note a beginner is likely to have to play)? Thanks in advance. #endquote#
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