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If only this book were more readily available and about £10 cheaper, then I could have given it 5 stars. Content is excellent particularly as it's aimed at people like me - adult beginners. If you are someone who's just taking up the cello and you're not a youngster, then I highly recommend this book. But you'll probably not buy it because it's not readily available and you'll baulk at the price!
I received a cello last year and promptly bought this book. It was delivered quickly and I started learning. The diagram for fingering in the first chapter didn't make sense until I had a session with a cello teacher. Then I was able to teach myself for the next 7 months, at which point I needed a teacher because the fingering changed again and the drawings were confusing. I haven't made use of the CD which comes with it.
rather monotonous. Dr. Jiji's voice is 'flat' - no inflection - rather like the 'voice' one hears on a bus "t h e n e x t s t o p i s ..." The demonstration pieces [folk songs, nursery rhymes, &c] are given in 'clips' of 30 sec. or so - not even a full verse. The illustrations are equally confusing. The text [or speech] will say, for instance, 'see illustration 3.3' for [holding the bow - or...] but is the illustration located in the pages that make up Chap.3? No! usually farther on, within the pages of Chap 9,10,&c. There is not even a page reference given -- see illus.3.3 p123 - for instance. I would not recommend it to anyone - I would probably recommend against it.