A cello is a bowed string instrument that is part of the violin family. The cello has 4 strings tuned in fifths. The typical cello is made from wood, with the top made of spruce and the bottom and sides made from maple. Above the body is a carved neck which leads to the pegboard or scroll. The pegs are used for tuning. On the bottom is a tailpin, which raises the cello up to playing position and holds it in place. The bridge is on the main body to hold the strings up from the wood.
Strings were traditionally made of sheep or goat gut. Modern day strings are usually wound with aluminum, titanium or chromium.
Traditionally the bow is made from brazilwood, but it is also made from carbon fiber or fiberglass. The bowhair is made from horsehair or synthetic hair.
The cello is played in a seated position with the neck over the left shoulder.
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