#1
So my friend is learning cello and im helping her out by getting her sheet music and tabs that were for guitar or bass but I transposed, I know alot of beginning cellists mark their fretboard for learning but i cant find anywhere where i should put the markers. Help?
#2
you find it by ear.
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you find it by ear.

Apparently you didn't get the part where he said she's just learning.
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So my friend is learning cello....[i cant find anywhere where i should put the markers. Help?


if your friend is learning cello then perhaps the person who can answer the question as to where the fret markers go would be your friend, or your friends teacher... otherwise they wont learn if you do it.

also this seems like something you can find on google rather easily.
#5
well I've spent the last half hour on google to no avail, and she doest have a teacher, which leads to me transposing sheet music for her to help get her started. I guess I should just get a tuner and find them that way if theres no sheet i can use or something.
#6
You can use a pickup and an electronic tuner to find where the masking tape for the fret markers should go. Some electronic tuners have a microphone built in so that you could do it without the pickup. Intellitouch makes a tuner that clamps onto the head of the instrument, and that would work fine. Fret the note, and if the machine says it is spot-on in tune, then put the strip of tape there.

Good luck.
#8
You can do it by maths. 1st harmonic will be mid string, like on a guitar. Mark like a 12th fret. compare lengths to a guitar and do the sum.
Or you could really cheat and take it to a shop with a Mandocello and copy it straight across.
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#9
OK, maybe I didn't explain it well enough. YOU match it to notes on your bass (which I'm assuming is intonated correctly) and tape where it sounds the same.
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#10
Or you could do it the correct way and use a ****ing tuner.
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You can do it by maths. 1st harmonic will be mid string, like on a guitar. Mark like a 12th fret. compare lengths to a guitar and do the sum.



This.


Measure the distance from the nut to the bridge.. that's your scale length. Use that with an online fret calculator, to give you the position of each fret.
#12
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Some electronic tuners have a microphone built in so that you could do it without the pickup.


This.

Most all electronic tuners have a mic in them. Use the tuner to find the second, third, fourth, and fifth intervals up the C string and place some electrical tape across. If you use black electrical tape, you can feel but not see it, making it easier to get used to "feeling" the positions.

The bridge on a cello is held there by the tension of the strings, and they quite often get moved around, so I wouldn't recommend using the harmonics or scale length as references for the correct positions. If you can't do it by ear, use a tuner to find when the notes are in tune. The idea is that the player will eventually be able to correct to just intonation on the fly, but that takes a lot of practice.

Use a tuner, easy as pie.
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#14
Dude,
You are actually supposed to do it by ear. The bridges move around a little bit on orchestral stringed instruments, and you're supposed to put on tape that's about a quarter inch wide so you can adjust your intonation depending upon how things are on a given day.
The next bit is that it's also easier to deal with when its done by ear. When you're dealing with a square and everything... eew. Find the half step on the lowest string, find it on the highest string, tape a line across both points. Simple as that.

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EDIT: fixed. =)
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