Book + Online Audio
8.75 x 11.75
Mel Bay Publications, Inc.
A step-by-step method written for beginning cello students of any age, with or without a teacher.
The left page gives information about the tune: where the hard spots are, various techniques and some music theory.
The right page provides different bowing patterns and a line of music at the bottom showing you all the notes that are used in the tune. Scales and arpeggios are included with most tunes.
The downloadable online audio teaches all of the tunes, studies, scales and arpeggios in this book by ear.
Learn to read notated music in the first position of the cello, playing classical, American, Celtic and blues tunes as well as how to follow a chord chart and accompany other musicians.
Table of Diagrams (see below)
Taking Care of the Cello
Taking Care of the Bow
The Clef Sign
Tuning the Cello
Playing on Open Strings
D Blues Bass #1 � A, D and G Open Strings
Left-Hand Position � Notes on the D String
Playing with the Bow
D String Fingers
Hot Cross Buns
Hot Cross Buns � All Strings
Mary Had a Little Lamb-Accompaniment Using Chord Symbols
Playing the Octave Harmonic
Left-Hand Placement on All Strings
Au Clair de la Lune
Sweet Betsy from Pike � Hooked Up-Bow and Pickup Notes
The Vicar of Bray � Marcato and Legato Bowing
Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes � Repeat Marks, Slur and Tie
Lavender's Blue - Eighth-note Runs
Cold Cross Buns - Using the Second Finger and Flatted Notes
Aura Lee - Dotted Quarter Notes
Cluck Old Hen - Second Finger and Chord Symbols
Rock Bass Lines
What Shall We Do with the Tired Sailor - Cut Time
On Top of Old Smoky and Skip to My Lou
Largo Theme from The New World Symphony by Antonin Dvorak
Joshua Fought the Battle and The Erie Canal - Syncopation and Swing Eighth Notes
Pop Goes the Weasel - 6/8 Time
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
Pop Goes the Weasel an Octave Lower
If He'd Be a Buckaroo
Highland Laddie and The Southwind
The Joe Turner Blues
Billy in the Lowground
Fisher's Hornpipe Accompaniment
Scales Used in The Modern Cello Method
Diagram 1: Parts of the Cello and Bow
Diagram 2: Correct Cello Sitting Position
Diagram 3: Left-Hand Position
Diagram 4: Right-Hand Position
Diagram 5: Types of Notes and Rests
Diagram 6: Notes on the strings
Diagram 7: Tuning with tuning pegs
Diagram 8: Tuning with fine tuners
Diagram 9: Measuring the end pin length
Diagram 10: Left-hand finger placement on D
Diagram 11: Bow balance point
Diagram 12: Bow-angle on strings
Diagram 13: Octave harmonic
Diagram 14: Side view of good playing posture
Diagram 15: Backwards Extension
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