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The Cellist's Guide to Finger Independence

The Finger Independence Works of D.C. Dounis

By Demetrius Dounis

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Strings Cello
The Finger Independence Works of D.C. Dounis. Composed by Demetrius Dounis. Arranged by Javier Sinha. SWS. Classical. Method book. With Standard notation. 80 pages. Carl Fischer Music #BF102. Published by Carl Fischer Music (CF.BF102).

Item Number: CF.BF102

ISBN 9780825899577. 9 x 12 inches. Text: Javier Sinha.

The method books of D.C. Dounis are universally acclaimed for their ability to improve technique and finger independence. Focusing mostly on violin, the exercises were previously unavailable for any other instruments. Javier Sinha has now adapted these studies for the cello. The principles of the Dounis method are explained with special focus on left-hand technique and finger independence. Progressive exercises, with instructions and suggestions, provide an opportunity for every cellist to vastly improve their technique. Finally available for cello, the expertly crafted Dounis method is an overdue and welcome addition to the instrumentas repertoire.
The cello can be a difficult instrument to play. The distances the left hand has to travel are enormous, it requires a large amount of muscular effort to play, its thick strings call for extremely precise bow control, and its considerable range requires the cellist to learn two distinct hand positions. This book will attempt to make the job of the cellist just a bit easier, by providing a set of exercises, previously written for the violin, that will help train the hand and the fingers to be perfectly responsive to the playeras mental impulses. It is my sincere wish that the ideas and techniques of D.C. Dounis, the author of these exercises, be more widely spread and understood. D.C. Dounis wrote most of his technique books for the violin, and it seems a shame that cellists have been barred from such incredibly useful exercises simply because Dounis himself was a violinist. Despite the fact that he never wrote a book for cellists, his ideas were all-encompassing and easily adapted to the cello. The repertoire of technical books for cellists has lagged behind that of the violin and piano for too long. We cellists must take every opportunity to add to our libraries, works that help to erase the difficulties of our instrument. Dounis did not believe, as other teachers do, that pure technical work dulls an instrumentalistas innate musicality. Instead, he believed that instrumentalists who diligently practiced these technical exercises would unlock their musicality. It is with this in mind that this text was written and these works were arranged: to help develop better cellists, and ultimately, better musicians.

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