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Complete Technique for Cello, Book 1

417 Exercises include 63 Musical Studies in Positions 1 through 5

By Janice Tucker Rhoda

Strings Cello
417 Exercises include 63 Musical Studies in Positions 1 through 5. Composed by Janice Tucker Rhoda. SWS. Back To School. With Standard notation. Carl Fischer Music #BF96. Published by Carl Fischer Music (CF.BF96).

Item Number: CF.BF96

ISBN 9780825896828. 9 x 12 inches.

From the author of the popular ABCs of Strings method, Janice Tucker Rhodas Complete Technique for Cello suits the advanced beginner to upper level student wishing to learn or improve their left-hand and right bow-arm skills. Starting in first position, and proceeding carefully through the higher positions, this method book uses short studies to demonstrate specific technical ideas. The book starts with solidifying the combination of note reading, rhythm, and bow distribution, then quickly progresses to a variety of bowing techniques and use of positions I - V, explaining the physicality of the left and right hands, arms, elbows, and shoulders. Using a mixture of more melodic studies with purely technical exercises, this book quickly gives players information and confidence to improve their playing.
Complete Technique for Viola suits the advanced beginner to upper level student wishing to learn or improve skills starting in first position, and proceeding carefully and methodically through higher positions. The order of learning the positions is traditional. Begin with First Position (I) for stability of basic left-hand and right bow-arm skills, and follow with Third Position (III), which has easy first finger Octave and second finger Unison exercises. Progress to Second Position (II), Fifth Position (V), and Fourth Position (IV). While shifting up the fingerboard, fingers look and feel closer together. This naturally occurs when the pitches are in tune. If fingers are placed too far apart, the pitches will sound sharp. The first finger and thumb guide the left hand while shifting from position to position. The D-string is the most natural-feeling string, therefore, this book focuses on learning each new position on D-string, then A-string, G-string, and lastly C-string. Hammock Swing Technique, utilized throughout, develops flexible body movements. See page 24. Solely stretching lefthand fingers to reach G- and C-string notes can put unnecessary, undue strain on the left hand. Freely moving the arms creates a comfortable balance while playing. Many movements are controlled in string instrument playing, but supple muscle action is paramount. The four most important key aspects of disciplined concentration are: precise playing of pure intonation (playing in tune), steady rhythm, beautiful timbre (sound quality), and stable and secure posture. Pure Intonation In addition to Checking Octaves, Playing Preparations is a developmental tool to use regularly. See page 20. Be sure your viola is well-tuned before every practice session. Tuning the strings before placing it in the case after sessions helps keep it reliably in tune. Quality Practice versus Quantity Practice Play slowly and accurately daily with a metronome. Progress through the suggested tempos as your technique develops. See page 4. Patient, accurate repetition is the key to developing correct, lasting, quality playing. Hasty, inattentive repetition instills mistakes and habits difficult to rectify later. It is most advantageous to practice perfectly for 30 minutes, rather than 60 minutes with imperfections. 400 Exercises with 45 Musical Studies Strengthen left-hand fingers, and improve dexterity of both left-hand, and right-hand and bow-arm techniques. Exercises for double-stops, quick fingers, rolling fingers, bow balancing, slow bow control, finger substitution, left-hand pizzicato, ballet of shifting, all incorporate valuable steps in development. The studies include expressive text and dynamics, and prepare students for solo student concertos, sonatas, and show pieces.

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  • August 13, 2014 really really good cello technique book!!

    this is my ticket to getting myself back in shape on the cello!! fingering exercises, bowing exercises, position work from 1st all the way up to thumb position, intense studies with all rhythms, what more can I ask. thank you!!! Hard to rate and narrow the difficulty level to one...

    option because it ranges from beginning to very advanced techniques and positions.

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