Quand j'ai acheté le livre, je me suis attendu à que certains des commentaires seraient surévalués - typique dans la culture américaine - . Mes craintes n'étaient qu'une gentille sous-estimation. Après avoir lu quelques chapitres, je suis resté sur ma faim. Il n'y a pas assez de conseils.
En particulier, les conseils pour le maniement de l'archet sont très insuffisants. Ma prof m'a donné des conseils déjà dans ma troisième leçon, qui n'apparaissent pas dans tout le livre. Des conseils pour le changement de cordes, et la flexion / extension des doigts, n'apparaissent pas.
Ce n'est pas un livre pour de musiciens expérimentés. Le musiciens confirmés le trouveront très lent et plein d'information qu'ils connaissent déjà. Si vous supprimez mentalement les paragraphes que vous connaissez déjà, une grande partie du livre disparaît.
C'est un bon livre pour les débutants sans autre chose qu'un violoncelle, de l'enthousiasme, et un peu de temps. Ils le trouveront utile, instructif, et plein de récompenses. La qualité de l'écriture est bonne et ciblée pour le débutant. La vitesse d'apprentissage est lente, et adaptée à l'adulte débutant. Les chansons ne sont pas puériles comme celles trouvées dans les livres pour enfants débutants, mais les enfants peuvent eux aussi profiter de ce livre.
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Fills an empty niche8 octobre 2007
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CPML is an attempt to bring the complex and daunting task of learning to play the cello down to earth and approachable for adult beginners. Unlike the typical beginning cello book, CPML contain easy-to-read explanatory text matched with simple, short, playable examples that illustrate the point of the text. The target audience for the book is a typical adult non-musician who might feel intimidated by technical-looking cello methods and etude books, but who, through life experience, is already familiar with many of the melodies and fragments of classics that make up the book. The learner can relate the point in the text to the already-familiar example; and then perform the example.
I don't know of another book like this one for cellists with this mix of adult-beginner orientation, conversational style, widely-known examples from popular culture, a demonstration CD, and introductory discussions of concepts such as relaxation, dynamics, factors in choice of bowings and fingerings, modulations, and modes. The closest would be Louis Potter's Art of Cello Playing which has many more exercises and scales, a little explanatory text, just a few commonly-known tunes, and no audio CD. CPML frequently relates the discussion to specific pages in both Art of Cello Playing and Alvin Schroeder's 170 Foundation Studies for Violoncello, suggesting a student would do well to work from all three books.
The book addresses the primary issues for cello beginners: parts of the cello, posture, bow hold, hand position, rudiments of scales, notation, positions, etc, assuming no prior knowledge on the part of the student. It contains several fingering charts, progressively covering more of the fingerboard, from 1st position to 4th position, including ½ position. The fifty "songs" include Some Enchanted Evening, A Mighty Fortress Is Our God, My Funny Valentine, Hava Nagila, Shenandoah, and Old Dan Tucker. The twenty-four classical excerpts are short extracts of a major theme, or just a few phrases, not necessarily in the same key as commonly performed. Examples include themes from Pomp and Circumstance, J.S. Bach's Arioso, and Tchaikovsky's Song Without Words.
The audio CD contains 97 tracks demonstrating the simple exercises, scales, and melodies notated in the book. All the songs and classical excerpts are melodies that, of course, adapt easily to cello. Just the things to have ready when Uncle Glenn and Aunt Helen visit and ask, "So, play us something!" The audio CD tracks were recorded by Erik Friedlander (Personally, I would have preferred to hear Dr. Jiji, even if the performance were not at such a high professional level). The melodies as presented in book, often (but not always) use open strings, lower positions, and (early in the book) no vibrato, as befitting the level of the student, and Friedlander plays them well, fingered as notated, and at tempos suitable for the student . However, on the last track of the CD, labeled "Encore," Friedlander reprises nine of the melodies, letting loose with a large dynamic range and full vibrato on more professional-style fingerings. Yep, those simple tunes sound so absolutely gorgeous on cello.
Dr. Jiji does not pretend to be an expert, only a veteran, so she also relates personal stories of setbacks to which the reader might relate. One thing that is not so unusual in some books but I've never seen in a cello book: At several places, the author suggests names of tunes at an appropriate level that the student should try to figure out on his/her own. She provides the key and the starting note. I have to think an early beginner that has figured out tunes by ear on the cello will have increased confidence in his or her ability to hear and learn (Didn't Pablo Casals start out that way on his gourd cello?).
CPML's foreward was written by Dr. Diliana Momtchilova, who also reviewed the book for accuracy and comprehensiveness. Dr. Momtchilova received her doctorate from the Juilliard School, where she has won the Haydn D Major Cello Concerto Competition. She is a member of the Alaria Chamber Music Ensemble, serves on the faculty at Mannes Music College; and has won a number of International competitions; so presumably she knows her stuff.
The way I see it, the more a student knows outside of lessons, the more the teacher can cover other things during the lesson. For less than the price of a single lesson, CPML covers the basic cello-facts through 4th position, and can be a source of inspiration for individual enjoyment and exploration. But perhaps the best use of the book would by teachers. My teacher, who has quite a few adult students, has looked through it, was favorably impressed, and expects to borrow it when I come back for my next lesson. I wonder if I'll get it back.
Oh, and do catch the story of the Weeping Camel at the end of the book.
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Good book, but not for everybody20 juillet 2010
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Beware of enthusiastic comments.
When I bought the book I expected that some of the comments would be overrated. My fears where a gentle underestimation. After reading a few chapters, I felt that I was "hungry". There was not enough advice inside.
In particular, bowing advice is not sufficient. My professor gave me basic bowing advices even in my third lesson, which do not appear in the book. Advice on changing string, like fingers flexion / extension is missing.
This IS NOT a book for experienced musicians. Musicians with experience and a good musical background will find it very slow and plenty of already known information. Try this: take out all music theory paragraphs and keep only the cello pertinent ones. You will find that an important part of the book goes away.
This IS a book for beginners with nothing else than a cello, enthusiasm and some time. They will find it rewarding, useful and instructive. The quality of the writing is good and aimed to the beginner. The speed of learning is slow, adequate for an adult beginner. Songs are far more adult than the ones found in similar books for children beginners, although I feel that children beginners will also benefit from this book.
That's why I say, a good book, but not for everybody.
I only found a small error: the "Pathetic" symphony from Tchaikovsky is the 6th, not the 5th. Being the only one I found after a careful reading, it is a good sign.
Please note that if you don't live in the US, you will not know several songs and you may not take advantage of knowing the music you are playing.
For me, it was an purchase error, mainly due to overenthusiastic comments. It is a very expensive book for what I could learn.
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Perfect book for beginners or those beginning again...29 mars 2008
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I don't write reviews often but I had to take the time to praise this book. I've been working with it now for four months (along with a teacher once a week). I played cello as a child but did not continue as a teen and adult. This book is truly the only comprehensive textbook for serious adult students. The author even recommends two etude books (you pick one or both up to you) to go along with her chapters. I'm very impressed at the way she introduces various concepts and how the pieces chosen are exactly what you need to master each concept.
If you are picking up the cello as an adult this is the book you need. I recommend hiring yourself a good teacher too who will be happy to use the book with you.
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Eager to play the Cello25 septembre 2007
Judy I. Frankel
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This book is just what I was looking for - a simple and clearly written manual for the beginner on how to play the cello. It begins by explaining how to choose a cello and teacher (if desired), and moves step by step, using photos, fingerboard maps, illustrations, and lovely melodies, progressing through reading music and improvisation to playing in chamber music groups. Fortunately, I already know how to read music but this was a good refresher. The detailed instructions make it easy to review essential material. Best is the play along CD which starts with proper tuning of the strings and proceeds through all the scales and songs included. I can match my progress by playing along with Erik Friedlander. I agree with Ethan Winer. This is a must-have book for adult beginners.
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Start with this one22 août 2013
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I’m a 40+ adult who has recently started learning the Cello. I used Amazon reviews to purchase several books and thought I would share what seems to be working for me. I meet with an instructor for 30 minutes a week, which is much too short for anything but corrections to my form. I’m renting an Eastman SV100 and am much more reliant on the books and Youtube (for sound rather than form) as I practice at home.
Picture Yourself Playing Cello by Jim Aikin- This is very good introduction for those of us who know nothing about the cello but are determined to learn it for whatever crazy reason driving you. I found it to be good for learning how to position your hands on the bow and general playing set up. I appreciated the DVD demonstrations and this book was very helpful for about two weeks. There is very little music included in the book but it’s great if you don’t have access to an instructor yet.
Cello Playing for Music Lovers by Vera Mattlin Jiji- The layout of this book is not very intuitive to me but I really appreciate the position maps along with the scales as well as the CD with sound clips for 95% of the music . It’s another introduction book but it has more depth and pacing for multiple years of instruction. Based on references from this book, I also purchased The Art of Cello Playing by Louis Potter, Jr.
The Art of Cello Playing by Louis Potter, Jr.- This is my primary instruction book at the moment and my go to source for relearning how to read music (flute player in a previous life, many, many moons ago and never learned to properly read music) as well as being a great source for practice. I do wish I had a CD/DVD with this since I tend to learn better when I can hear the music (remember that lack of learning to read music?!) The combination of this book with Cello Playing for Music Lovers has been very helpful and my instructor likes this book a lot.
Suzuki Cello School Volume 1- Only purchased this because my instructor uses this method in our classes. In my opinion, it’s terrible for anyone who is trying to learn on their own unless you are much better at watching youtube for potential set up instruction than I am. Having said that, I am using this book for my practice in combination with The Art of Cello Playing, Cello Playing for Music Lovers and working with my instructor. I have found some great video clips on Youtube for each exercise in this book which I really appreciate since again, I need to hear how each piece is supposed to sound as I’m practicing.
If I were only working on my own, I would probably get the String Builder by Samuel Applebaum (and recommended by Jim Aikin in Picture Yourself Playing Cello).
I hope this helps other adults exploring the cello. I love it and have yet to master anything other than the scale in first position in sharps. Ok master is being generous. It takes time and practice. Lots of time and practice. Enjoy.