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Have just started to play cello and this book was recommended by my teacher. Useful CD to help with tempo and what the pieces should actually sound like, although I understand that it won't run on every computer. DVD too, though not used that. Easy to follow with good diagrams and explanations of bow hold etc. Large clear musical notation. Some familiar tunes (we're playing Christmas carols in May...) which encourage new players as they know the tunes. Recommended.
This is used in school systems for a reason. It is the single best beginning book for a cellist. You gradually, painlessly learn to read bass clef plus where the notes are on your cello, plus little side bars on each page teach you about the instrument, or rhythm, or a composer, or about musical notation etc. This is the best $10 (or whatever) a beginning cellist can spend. There is a code inside the book where you can download recordings to play along with as a bonus.
This book is exactly what I needed as an adult beginner with some background in music. The book includes exercises for each string, which I found really helpful. To clarify, your purchase includes access to recorded versions of the exercises. You have the option of either downloading them with a code from the book, and/or you may order a CD online or by using the enclosed post card. I downloaded the files online for immediate access and also requested a CD for a backup.
The book takes you from knowing nothing, to feeling like you could really get into playing the cello. Very detailed drawings and skills to have you learning cello fast. My favorite part is the Essentials on-line practice log. You can play along with metronome, cello, piano, and more. This made it very exciting for me to practice. I can't see another tutorial book even coming close to this quality of instruction.
I like the layout of the book but some words need to be updated like cd. Which apparently has been changed to online which is fine except for not knowing that and thinking I was short a cd and no idea on where to find the music being played. The app format is not the best in the world and I have to go to a different website to listen to the music for the practices but getting the hang of it. Got this book as a supplement for my son during the summer while cello was out and he seems to like it. One other thing that it always doesn’t explain what or how to do certain things with the music like holds through different notes.