Listen Up! “C” is for Cello


By now, I think some of you are guessing what instrument will be featured. Not the clarinet, or the cowbell (more cowbell!). The cello belongs to the violin family and has four strings tuned in perfect fifths.

Possibly the best-known cellist of modern times is Yo-Yo Ma. Besides playing classical music, he’s recorded with James Taylor, Bobby McFerrin, and The Dixie Chicks. Here he plays the Bach Cello Suite No. 1 Prelude: