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  1. Picture Yourself Playing Cello: Step-by-Step Instruction for Playing the Cello
    Picture Yourself Playing Cello: Step-by-Step Instruction for Playing the Cello
    Picture Yourself Playing Cello: Step-by-Step Instruction for Playing the Cello
    Picture Yourself Playing Cello: Step-by-Step Instruction for Playing the Cello
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  2. Picture Yourself Playing Cello: Step-by-Step Instruction for Playing the Cello

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    Customer Ratings (14 reviews)
    Price R946.00

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If you want to play the cello, this book is for you! Whether you're an absolute beginner wondering whether it might be fun to rent an instrument to try it out, a student in school who is thinking of signing up for an orchestra class, or a budding cellist who has been playing for a year or two and is looking for ways to develop a better technique and a better sound, PICTURE YOURSELF PLAYING CELLO will provide practical, hands-on advice that you can use. The easy-to-follow instructions and the numerous pictures and diagrams will show you how to hold the cello, how to use the bow, and how to finger the strings to play music. The book begins by providing a wealth of information that you'll find useful as you get started. You'll learn the names of the parts of your cello, how to make sure the cello you're thinking of renting or buying is in good condition, how to tune the cello, how to replace the strings, and how to hold the instrument while playing. You'll also learn about cello accessories and how to care for your instrument. After the basics are covered, the book will teach you how to use the bow to produce full, satisfying tones, how to place your fingers to play different notes, and how to read sheet music. Lastly, you'll find a selection of easy songs to get you started and some suggestions for other cello music that you may want to try. Everything you need to get started playing the cello is covered!

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

I'm an adult beginner in cello (I've been playing for 4 months) and have never played another instrument before. I definitely recommend this book to others in a similar situation.

Over the last 3 months I've accummulatd over 15 books on learning how to play the cello, etude books, etc, and googled and youtubed information online (a must see: David Finckel's Cello Talks). I try to do as much research as possible when I start a new hobby. I also purchased Cello Playing for Music Lovers, The Art of Cello Playing, Rosindust: Teaching, Learning and Life from a Cellist's Perspective, and A Modern Cellist's Manual, among other well-known books and I've found that this is the best introduction to learning about the cello. This book provides the best OVERVIEW on learning how to play the cello that is EASY & DIGESTABLE! This book provides information on technique and doesn't over saturate you with information like some of the other books do, and provides a taste of what you are... Read more
I am 70 years old and have just taken up cello, never having played another instrument or cello. I know practically nothing except for how I'd like to sound in a few years. This turned out to be a perfect beginners book and mean a real beginner, not someone who already knows a lot. I feel like it could have a few more exercises to sharpen your skills at certain things but I just do the same ones over and over again. Another thing that could have helped would be to have a tune after you've learned a new thing so you get to actually play something. There are some in the back but you must pick an choose.. and though I've had the cello for about one month, been studying the book, I still don't know when any of these tunes are appropriate or desirable for my level.

One real glitch and the reason it doesn't get 5 stars is that the DVD is faulty. It doesn't work in certain sections. I've had to go to youtube for instruction in certain areas. I do love the youtube... Read more
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.

Books purchased:

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... Read more
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