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5.0 out of 5 stars The Art of Cello Playing - Customer Review
The book is over 220 pages of absolutely essential information for any cello student. It covers all of basics with easy to follow concise instructions backed up by diagrams and photos and of course etudes and well chosen excerpts where appropriate.

Chapters include - parts of and care of the instrument, rudiments of music (great refresher and quick reference),...
Published on 3 April 2007 by T. Crabb

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1.0 out of 5 stars An appalling volume
Firstly, the title is desperately over-ambitious. This book is a primer, it covers rudiments, mostly through a large selection of dreary once-popular melodies from the middle years of the last century and the mid-West of America. It barely sees beyond the cultural blinders of its USA origins. It is childish in tone and (presumably intentionally) approach. Hard to credit...
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Art of Cello Playing - Customer Review, 3 April 2007
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This review is from: The Art of Cello Playing (Paperback)
The book is over 220 pages of absolutely essential information for any cello student. It covers all of basics with easy to follow concise instructions backed up by diagrams and photos and of course etudes and well chosen excerpts where appropriate.

Chapters include - parts of and care of the instrument, rudiments of music (great refresher and quick reference), practicing tips, tuning, playing position, pizzicato, left hand positions, bowing techniques, etc.

Many more chapters follow (36 in all) covering more advanced techniques - all left hand positions and upper/lower extensions, thumb positions, vibrato, advanced bowing (staccato, spiccato etc.), tremolo, chords, trills and ornaments, harmonics, arpeggios and scales.

There is also a very comprehensive repertoire list at the end collated into solos, duets, chamber, orchestral etc.

For me this book has the lot and I would not hesitate in recommending this as an instruction manual or as reference book. If you only purchase one Cello manual this has to be it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The art of cello playing, 28 Jun 2010
This review is from: The Art of Cello Playing (Paperback)
If you are starting the cello, especially as an adult, you will find this book invaluable. Everything is presented in a logical order with lots of practise exercises.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent revision course, 10 Oct 2012
This review is from: The Art of Cello Playing (Paperback)
Ruby's Quest: A Robin's Tale I recently returned to the 'cello after many years and could remember neither how to hold the bow, nor find my way around the fingerboard. Louis Potter's book is proving to be an excellent revision course. Every aspect is carefully explained and the numerous exercises are invaluable. Some of the pieces and duets are tedious but may easily be skipped.
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1.0 out of 5 stars An appalling volume, 2 Feb 2008
This review is from: The Art of Cello Playing (Paperback)
Firstly, the title is desperately over-ambitious. This book is a primer, it covers rudiments, mostly through a large selection of dreary once-popular melodies from the middle years of the last century and the mid-West of America. It barely sees beyond the cultural blinders of its USA origins. It is childish in tone and (presumably intentionally) approach. Hard to credit as the work of a serious adult. Do not waste your money. If you are a beginner you should first find a teacher and let them guide you towards music you will enjoy learning to play. If you already have some basis in cello playing you don't need this book. I wouldn't even give it one star if the Amazon rating system allowed me to give it none. A well-intentioned but useless essay which I deeply regret buying.
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