Beginner's Choice - Cello


VC5S Cello

Ideal for Beginners

Yamaha VC5S Cello

Few instruments are so effective at conveying expression as the cello. From low, resonant bass to soaring highs, hearing a cello performance can be a deeply moving experience.

Our VC5S is the perfect cello for beginners. Our artisan instrument makers have handcrafted its wooden body, following the same traditional methods passed down through the centuries by master cello makers, using spruce tonewoods for the top (front) and maple tonewoods for the back and sides.

The VC5S comes as part of a kit - or 'outfit' - which also includes a cello bow, cello softcase and rosin (a plant resin-based substance rubbed onto the bow to increase friction between bow hair and strings and thus improving the transfer of energy from bow to cello).

We make the VC5S in 4 sizes - quarter-size for very young children, half-size and three-quarter-size for older children and full-size for teenagers and adults. In terms of design and specification, all sizes are identical.

Why it's great for beginners:

  • The VC5S is crafted and finished by hand to ensure durability and great tone - as well as class-leading consistency and intonation (so you can concentrate on learning rather than having to compensate for fluctuations in the instrument's performance)
  • We've built in Wittner's famous 'Ultra' fine-tuning-adjusters - these make it easy to precisely tune the cello
  • The VC5S comes complete with cello case, cello bow and rosin - just add time and (some form of) tuition

Good to know...

  • The VC5S follows the basic shape and styling laid down by the great Stradivari string-instrument-making family of the 17th Century
  • 'Cello' comes from the instrument's original full name, 'violoncello'
  • The cello is the second-largest instrument in a modern symphony orchestra (with the double bass being the largest)

Best ways to learn...

  • Find a local cello teacher or find out about your nearest Yamaha Music School
  • If you're at school or college, see if your music department offers cello lessons
  • Follow an online course
  • Make enquiries with local orchestras or chamber music groups