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Position Pieces for Cello

By Rick Mooney

String - (Suzuki) Supplementary; Suzuki. Instructional. Instructional book. With introductory text, standard notation, fingerings, bowings, instructional text and instructional photos. 63 pages. Published by Alfred Music (AP.0762).

Item Number: AP.0762

ISBN 0874877628. 9x12 inches.

A logical and fun way to learn to get around the fingerboard. Hand positions are introduced with exercises such as "Target Practice," or "Geography Quiz." Next comes tuneful cello duets specifically composed to use that hand position. With titles like "I Was a Teenage Monster," position study on the cello has never been so much fun!

  • Target Practice and Geography Quiz 
  • Names and Numbers 
  • Japanese Garden 
  • I'm So Sleepy 
  • March of the Dinosaurs 
  • The Haunted House  
  • I Was a Teenage Monster 
  • I've Got Homework 
  • Valse Triste 
  • Sicilienne 
  • Etude 
  • Fourth Position 
  • Church Bells 
  • A Minor Melody 
  • The Big Kangaroo 
  • A Cloudy Day 
  • Busy Bees 
  • In A Hurry 
  • The Troubadour 
  • Hoedown 
  • A Waltz 
  • The Hippopotamus' Dance 
  • The Heavy Highlander 
  • Barcarole 
  • Dreamland 
  • Marching Martians 
  • Bugle Call 
  • The Tiny Ballerina 
  • Jig 
  • Half Position 
  • Half Position Serenade 
  • The Shark 
  • Running 
  • Going Baroque 
  • Spanish Dance 
  • At the Ball 
  • Sad Song 
  • Walking Home 
  • Landler 
  • Feeling fine 
  • The Irish Tenor 
  • Melancholy 
  • Jack Spratt Dances with His Wife 
  • Playing in the Park 
  • I Got the Blues, Baby 
  • A Note to Students 
  • Fanfare 
  • Skating 
  • The Elephant's Waltz 
  • The Tired Tortoise 
  • The Whale's Song 
  • March 
  • Sitting in the Shade 
  • Toy Soldiers 
  • Lament 
  • The Invisible Target 
  • Pachyderm Parade 
  • Ballad 
  • C Song 
  • Somersaults and Cartwheels 
  • Tango 
  • Erik's Minuet 
  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 5

    Cello rocks
    Lovely NE Alabama
    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • October 30, 2012 Great resource

    I typically use this book after Dotzauer Method book 1. It is a great introduction to shifting. It has homework exercises that encourage identification of notes on the staff. The tunes are pleasant (interesting, though not great art) and introduce a variety of keys and techniques. All of them are...

    presented as duets with the teacher, which aids in correcting intonation. And, there are exercises at the start of each section that work with matching pitches to open strings and harmonics. Very useful for ear training!

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  • 5

    Cincinnati, OH
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  • November 07, 2011 Great position guide

    I'm a private cello teacher, and I use this book to introduce positions to all of my students. It's the most thorough position book I've found and has lots of fun exercises that make the sometimes difficult learning process more palatable.

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  • 5

    New Jersey
    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • December 06, 2010 Position Pieces for Cello by Rick Mooney

    Excellent materials in each of the 4 books. Students "get" shifting in this progressive, thoroughly thought out manner. The ONLY problem is that the binding on Position Pieces Book 2 is cheap and the pages fall out very soon (!) The other 3 books do not have this problem. Otherwise, the...

    materials are excellent, introducing folk and fiddling styles in the process. Good for early intermediate through advanced intermediate, relative to Suzuki books 2 to 6 or 7, depending on the student, but very helpful if not viatl to that part of their development.

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  • 4

    Montreal, QC
    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • September 29, 2008 fun study pieces

    I find the pieces in this book fun to learn. The melodies are nice and the learning pertinent.

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  • 5

    Michael McCullough
    San Francisco, CA
    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • June 22, 2007 Great practice book

    Great book for practicing positions. Moves through different positions methodically to more difficult material in a very logical manner.

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