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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Summy-Birchard Inc; 1 edition (Jan. 1 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874870712
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874870718
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 21.6 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 816 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #246,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book culminates a top quality effort in pedagoy in cello technique. It is intended for beginners in the cello, but probably should be on every amateur cellist's book shelf as a valuable resource guide. There is probably a good three years worth of material here. I'll let you know when I finish it!
This effort to present the art of playing the cello in a systematic way--a "cello method", however, both enhances and detracts from the lasting usefulness of this book. If you follow through this book step-by-step, and gain some proficiency in a topic prior to moving on to the next topic, you will eventually learn the cello.
But the systematic presentation makes this book difficult to use in diagnosing difficulties in technique that are the result of improper form, or motion. The material is there, but sometimes it takes a good while to find the exact presentation you are looking for. But still, the author's insight into the difficulties students tend to accumulate are well worth the effort required to track it down. Who knows, maybe you will learn something else while you are perusing the book. But I find it difficult to come up with an approach that would accomadate this usage, so I do not criticise this. On the contrary, I think more non-beginning amateurs should get this book for this purpose! The effort is worthwhile.
The only criticism of this book that I have is that it does use pictures to show posture, and so on. I am sure that in the early editions of this book, the pictures were wonderfully clear and illustrate the subtleties of form and posture precicely. But the current printing quality leaves a lot to be desired, sadly. It would be well worth someone's time to replace the pictures with line drawings, which do not lose content as the printing quality deteriorates. And a fingerboard chart would really be helpful.
This book is a definite must!
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This is a very useful and intelligent book for beginning cellists. There is a wealth of information about cello technique, and an abundance of musical and even physical exercises (along with detailed instructions on how to read music). I am very glad I bought this book -- it's a gem.
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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful
A Good Buy for Cello Students April 23 2001
By "hermitus" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a very useful and intelligent book for beginning cellists. There is a wealth of information about cello technique, and an abundance of musical and even physical exercises (along with detailed instructions on how to read music). I am very glad I bought this book -- it's a gem.
38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
A Must-have for all cellists! Aug. 19 2005
By H. Wang - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book uses illustrations, words, and music examples to explain every aspects of cello techniques, which I found interesting and useful. The look of the pages might not be as colorful or flashy than many other books, but you would have more fun out of it and really build up a healthy playing foundation for all cello music.

The author introduced the fourth position after the first position - a method I also use on all my cello students - which helps greatly in developing a good shifting habit. This is a very interesting and efficient approach, and I suggest all the cellists and teachers out there to give it a try!
53 of 58 people found the following review helpful
Easily Over-reated and Under-rated May 22 2003
By Patrick Walsh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book culminates a top quality effort in pedagoy in cello technique. It is intended for beginners in the cello, but probably should be on every amateur cellist's book shelf as a valuable resource guide. There is probably a good three years worth of material here. I'll let you know when I finish it!
This effort to present the art of playing the cello in a systematic way--a "cello method", however, both enhances and detracts from the lasting usefulness of this book. If you follow through this book step-by-step, and gain some proficiency in a topic prior to moving on to the next topic, you will eventually learn the cello.
But the systematic presentation makes this book difficult to use in diagnosing difficulties in technique that are the result of improper form, or motion. The material is there, but sometimes it takes a good while to find the exact presentation you are looking for. But still, the author's insight into the difficulties students tend to accumulate are well worth the effort required to track it down. Who knows, maybe you will learn something else while you are perusing the book. But I find it difficult to come up with an approach that would accomadate this usage, so I do not criticise this. On the contrary, I think more non-beginning amateurs should get this book for this purpose! The effort is worthwhile.
The only criticism of this book that I have is that it does use pictures to show posture, and so on. I am sure that in the early editions of this book, the pictures were wonderfully clear and illustrate the subtleties of form and posture precicely. But the current printing quality leaves a lot to be desired, sadly. It would be well worth someone's time to replace the pictures with line drawings, which do not lose content as the printing quality deteriorates. And a fingerboard chart would really be helpful.
This book is a definite must!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
I LOVE THIS BOOK!! Feb. 15 2013
By Sandra Foster - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I'm a classically trained flutist/music teacher and played Cello in college for a few years for my Music Education degree. I was heartbroken when I had to give the cello I borrowed back to the school. After about 5 or 6 years, I received a cello as a gift for Christmas and started up again. I needed a book that didn't waste time talking about theory and concepts that I already know and moved very quickly.

This book is wonderful for any older beginner with prior musical knowledge looking to get good at the cello really fast. It moves very quickly and is very thorough and doesn't spend time discussing reading bass clef, note values or any of that stuff you learn in music class. This book is NOT for a younger student or anyone looking to play casually; it's very intense. It doesn't have a lot of songs, but it's exactly what I need. It talks about forward and backward extensions within the first quarter of the book and 4th position shifting about half way through. Great for in depth knowledge of scales! With well over 200 pages, there's enough content to keep you busy for a long time.

Definitely worth a buy!!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Excellent for Tips on Technique & Advancement March 28 2013
By Ben - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I bought this book because I am trying to learn how to learn the cello without reinventing the wheel, and I am currently at the point where I realize that structuring the learning process is as important as actual practice. The book is a goldmine on technique as well as the mechanics of what works and why. The demystification of the process of learning to play a bowed and fretless instrument is important for any student, and even more so for adults learning later in life who are capable of understanding the principles faster than they can apply them. I am not sure how useful the first half of this book would be to a young person who is learning by instruction and intuition since the descriptions are mostly written at a high school reading level, and many child beginners would be too young to comprehend it by reading. Text based description can often be a barrier to clarity, but the descriptions here point to pitfalls and rationales that a simple picture could not. A video maybe could do more, and there are plenty of those on YouTube to supplement a detailed and well organized text like this one from which you can get a guide post and language for the questions you didn't even know you had yet.

And of course as always, an experienced and skilled live human teacher who can provide structure, feedback, and targeted insight is the most important resource for any musical student.

Regarding the other reviewers comments about the ebook not having clear text. This must have been an issue with the printed version being scanned. However, the current ebook has obviously been digitally transcribed and looks as clear as any ebook I've read, and I have several dozen.

Not really a downside, but the exercises in this book are clearly not meant to replace any etude book (ie Schroeders, Mooney, C Harvey etc), but rather to illustrate teaching points with musical examples.


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