A Modern Cellist's Manual: Technique, Approach and Musings
Paperback, 54 Pages
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A very different sort of cello method, A Modern Cellist's Manual combines technical information and plenty of photographs with advice on approach. Topics addressed range from the basics of a painless bow grip to injury avoidance, working with a metronome, and tenor clef. Emily's tone and sense of humor lighten the mood of any practice session. A Modern Cellist's Manual is suitable for those taking private lessons as well as returning cellists looking to bolster rusty technique.
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Sep 10, 2011music solfas
Dec 29, 2010A Modern Cellist’s Manual is an absolute must have – period. Let me share with you why… 1. Modern. Yes, the same word that is in the title is a reason to have this manual. I began learning the cello as in adult back in 2007. Although I had some very good student / instructors the first two years, I was very disappointed by the lack of modern non-instructor technique aids. Let’s be honest, the Suzuki books have horrible pictures and illustrations and other sources of instruction include expensive subscriptions to various musical magazines, hunting down articles on the Internet, or reading very old opinings of past famous cellists (like reading the King James Version of the Holy Bible). A Modern Cellist’s Manual is as modern as it gets. It is well written. Well written in the sense that it is easy to read and comprehend; unlike some rigid academic guides. The structure of the book is well thought out starting with basic form and progressing into moderate levels of technique. 2.... More > Pictures. Yep, lots of pictures – and in color too! Most human beings alive today – that live in a modern society – tend to be very visual both in how we perceive and how we learn. The pictures and illustration overlays in A Modern Cellist’s Manual clearly support the concepts and techniques being presented in the text – in great detail. 3. Comprehensive. In my opinion, A Modern Cellist’s Manual easily covers all the instruction I paid for in the first two years of taking lessons (once or twice a month) – plus more. In no way am I suggesting that my first instructors were negligent or not knowledgeable. But I really wish I could have had a comprehensive manual to aid me in my journey. As a beginner adult, taking those precious five or ten minutes of down time to read a manual to reinforce some of the concepts being taught by my instructors would have been helpful; A Modern Cellist’s Manual fills that gap. 4. Practical. My son recently started playing the cello. He is in middle school and they have a string ensemble (bass, cellos, violas, and violin). I was somewhat shocked that he wanted to play at all, let alone play the cello. The night he decided to play the cello – he had his first lesson; parts of the cello, how to properly sit (yes, he slouched), how the cello makes sounds, etc. At the end of the lesson I handed him my copy of A Modern Cellist’s Manual with homework to just read the section on “Body Concept & Positioning”. I could tell he was mildly annoyed that I reminded him a few times on sitting up and keeping his back straight – so by reading the manual it not only reinforced proper technique but also conveys to him that me correcting him is not just Dad being a prick- but trying to help him. For what its worth, his ensemble instructor has complimented him a few times on his form… In closing, A Modern Cellist’s Manual is worth every penny spent to purchase it. However, please note that the manual itself will not make you a better cellist. It is not a replacement for practice and does not replace the discerning eye of an instructor or trusted adviser that can see the things you cannot. It is an aid to include in your kit to learn and reinforce cello technique. By purchasing Emily’s A Modern Cellist’s Manual , you are empowering yourself to become a better cellist and supporting a musician / artist that has great passion for the cello, making music but more importantly teaching others. Thank you for publishing the book Emily – I look forward to others.< Less
Jun 16, 2010In short words: a recommendation for every cellist, from beginner to advanced, for everyone who wants to get more out of his playing... Go on reading if you want to find out why this is the best cello-teaching-book i ever bought. ---=== Deatils===--- First look after download: hmm, only ~50 pages, how shall i get a better cellist with only 50 pages, many photos and not about 1000 pages of theory and many many word!?!? The first look inside seemed the same, not many theory, some hints, but worth it's money? === The first practicing the next day was amazing !! === Summarized: i didn't stopped practicing because of aching or exhaustion. i finished (!) practice because i was satisfied with my improvement this day! Really easy hints, pictures that showed me what is really meant. I have watched so many videos, read so many book, asked my teacher, but today was my first step to get a better cellist !! I never understood how to manage less pressure with my left thumb, i never got a 'good'... More > grip with the bow, i never felt comfortable with my sitting-position, i had so many scartches while bowing, no good extensions... Now i found out about all of these mistakes. They are not solved yet, but now i can work on them... Thank you so much Emily for this amazing book! A must read, a must use for every cellist!< Less
May 29, 2010Very dynamic and engaging instruction manual. The photos and exercises make it stand out from the usual fare. It would be a useful, not to mention inspiring, guide for the beginning cellist. As an intermediate to advanced student, I found that it provided helpful reminders for maintaining good technique and pratice habits. Plus, the conversational tone is personal and witty in a way that you would never find among the standard books with their rote, dry approach. This book is definitely unique and will make you realize taht you will be a successful cellist with enough practice.
Apr 14, 2010An excellent manual, beautifully illustrated and written in a very approachable manner. You can read my full review here: http://cello.zanshin.net/2010/04/14/a-modern-cellists-manual/.
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- Emily Wright (Standard Copyright License)
- July 28, 2010
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Full color
- 0.62 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 8.5 wide x 11 tall
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