© 2020 by Ryan Smith

Cello for Weddings & Events

Albuquerque, NM

How loud is your cello?

The volume is similar to an acoustic guitar, and like some acoustic guitars, I can amplify the cello to any volume level.  I set the volume where the music can be easily heard yet soft enough to allow easy conversation.  

Are you able to play a ceremony and cocktail hour consecutively?

Yes, I do this for a good portion of weddings I play! If I need to move to a different room at your venue, I can do this in under 10 minutes. The most common request is for me to play cocktail hour immediately following the ceremony, but I am also available for the main part of the reception (eg. dinner, first dance, etc.)  

Do you need accommodations?

None. My speaker is battery-powered, so it requires no extension cords or A/C outlets and has capacity 6+ hours of performance time - always far more than enough. I've got everything I need and then some (including a chair).  

Can you play outside?

Yes. When there is a chance of rain, ceremonies are usually delayed or moved inside - so in the majority of situations, rain is a non-issue. I have a small white portable canopy I will set up if the skies are looking stormy, allowing me to play continuously while keeping my equipment safe.  

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How do you fade the recorded music, for example, when the Bride reaches the altar?

I use a foot-controlled pedal to smoothly fade the accompaniments off as I tastefully end the song, for instance when a Bride reaches the altar I will create a nice musical cadence to end the song.

Can you play an entire wedding ceremony with only a cello (no accompaniments)?

Yes, by request I gladly play solo for an entire ceremony. Nearly all of my songs can be played beautifully with solo cello, and I would let you know of those that aren't good for solo cello.

 

My accompanied cello music mixed with a few solo pieces is what I do most often.

Do you use loops in your music? 

I do not use a loop pedal or special effects (at this time), I simply play cello with my recorded accompaniments launched from an iPad. As a composer/producer, I only loops on special occasions, because my aesthetic goal is for recorded accompaniments to feel organic and live. Classical-esque.