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I've only worked through the first few sections in this book but I can see how well though out it has been, providing bite-sized technical exercises that take you through each movement a few bars at a time. Cassia Harvey seems to have the knack of homing in on the essentials of cello technique, leaving the player (after considerable work) with the means to focus on their interpretation rather than worrying about the notes.
Ms Harvey isolates the many problems the first Bach Cello Suite offers, measure by measure, movement by movement. She has created effective etudes to treat these problems. She then helps the student put these elements back together.
If the student will do the exercises faithfully, and, using a recorder, listen to your playing critically and _kindly_ (I can't emphasize "kindly" enough), then the Bach Cello Suite 1 can be within the grasp of an intermediate-to-advanced student within a reasonable time. Yet a teacher is needed for all but the most motivated, most musical student.
I started playing cello as an adult and have had only one lesson so far. I have always been frustrated by the lesson books with short exercises that make no practical sense. This is broken down into specific training exercises that support every few bars of music. Love the cross-string, agility and position training. Much more practical and useful than the exercises in the traditional student books, such as EEI, for ex, not just for playing the specific piece. So glad I got this. If I ever finish it, I will def get another!
I am a cello teacher and I *love* this book. I use it anytime (1) a student comes in begging to play the Bach suites and they are close to ready, or are mostly ready but have a weaker skill that will need extra support, (2) an adult student who is significantly below the usual Bach suites playing level but has a high level of proficiency on another instrument or voice, strong audiation skills, and/or a good practice routine, as well as (3) for any student that does not yet understand how to break tricky spots down for effective practice but has the technical ability to play them, because this is essentially a tutorial in how to practice.
I wanted to learn the prelude to the Bach cello suites, but on its own, it's daunting! These exercises develop and build the necessary skills. The book is a LOT longer (more pages) than I was expecting, which means that a cellist has a LOT of support to develop skills and learn each movement. I am an adult, have taken lessons for 4 years, and am by no means a "talented" or "gifted" musician. I have to put in a lot of work to progress. I love the structure of this book and hope I can find something similar for my next big cello project... though this will likely keep my occupied for years! :)
This book breaks down the entire G major Bach Cello Suite No. 1 through the use of exercises that relate to the music measure by measure. It's a perfect way to learn the suite and improve your cello playing by practicing shifts, string crossings and double stops that have an immediate application. Cassia Harvey is a very creative and wonderful cello pedagogue. Highly recommend. The entire suite is at the end of the book.
This book. I'm in love. It breaks down each section of the suite with practice sections and seills to help learn each part smoothly. I stopped taking lessons, but this book is great for self study. My favorite is the drills for shifting smoothly, which is a weak spot for me