Introducing Mr. Popularity: The Cello

Above: “Cello Wars” by Steven Sharp Nelson and The Piano Guys

Cellist Steven Sharp Nelson says the cello is cool. And he and The Piano Guys are trying to prove it by inserting the cello in pop-culture contexts and setting it loose, according to a story in Utah’s Deseret News.

In Cello Wars, above, Nelson and a fellow Piano Guy draw light sabres across the strings of electric cellos in “dueling cellos”-style combat. The video, which has garnered almost four million views on YouTube since being posted in December 2011, followed Nelson’s “Cello Song,” posted on YouTube in June 2011, a jazzed-up, eight-cello version of the prelude from Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1:

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