Look at those pictures again. See how much farther apart those fingers are on the cello that on the violin? Let’s say there’s each whole step on a cello is about an inch. That means that where you put your fingers to play each note is about an inch apart, depending on the note. For the first couple of months, lets say I don’t get it spot on. That’s pretty normal. What this means is that any mistake you make on a violin automatically sounds about twice as bad on a violin as it does on a cello.
It takes a lot of practice to build up muscle memory to where you can get your finger right on the note every time. So let’s say, when I’m just learning how to play the cello, my fingers are a 1/16th of an inch off. That’s noticeably flat, but not super terrible. It’s still the same note, give or take. If you’re playing with a lot of other people, you might even get away with sounding alright. You have to be twice as precise, at least, to play the violin just as nicely as a cello.
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