The Advancing Cellist's Handbook: A Guide to Practicing and Playing the Cello

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AuthorHouse, Aug 10, 2010 - Music - 256 pages
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“How I wish I could have read this book years ago! It would have saved many hours of practicing which often have had disappointing results for the time invested.”

—Phyllis Young, Playing the String Game and The String Play

The Advancing Cellists Handbook is a concise but thorough treatise on virtually every aspect of practicing and learning to play the cello. This book is primarily designed for intermediate cellists, which usually means ages 14 to 20, but which could be any age from 6 to 80. The purpose of this book is to provide you with much of the basic information that you need in order to become good at practicing the cello. This is the book for you if:

You want to learn how to improve rapidly as a cellist.

You don’t feel that you know how to practice.

You want to get a faster rate of advancement out of your available practice time.

Table of Contents:

Part I — Introduction

Chapter 1 –Why You Need This Book

Chapter 2 – The Psychology of Practicing

Chapter 3 – Organizing Your Practice Time

Part II — The Content of Practicing

Chapter 4 – Helpful Practice Tools

Chapter 5 – Daily Warm-up Routine

Chapter 6 – Practice Techniques and Exercises

Chapter 7 – Improving Intonation

Chapter 8 – Marking Your Music

Chapter 9 – Practicing Without Your Instrument

Chapter 10 – Sample Practice Session

Part III — Advancing Your Musical Training

Chapter 11 – Fingerings and Bowings

Chapter 12 – Bowing Styles

Chapter 13 – Musical Styles

Chapter 14 – Playing Musically

Part IV — Practical Applications

Chapter 15 – Examples from the Literature

Chapter 16 – Troubleshooting

Chapter 17 – Postlude

Appendix 1 – The Cello Repertoire

Appendix 2 – The Science of Intonation

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About the author (2010)

Benjamin Whitcomb is Associate Professor of Cello and Music Theory at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Benjamin performs frequently in solo and chamber music recitals. He performs regularly on the “Live from the Chazen” concert series broadcast statewide on Wisconsin Public Radio. He is a member of the Madison-based Ancora String Quartet and the UW-W Piano Trio. He has also been a member of several regional orchestras in Texas and Wisconsin, including having served as Associate Principal cello of the Madison Symphony and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. Benjamin frequently performs duo recitals around the country with pianist Vincent de Vries.

An expert in the area of string pedagogy, Benjamin Whitcomb is known for his work in teaching both technique and musicianship. He has presented papers at several national conferences, including those of the American String Teachers Association and the Society for Music Theory. He is also an articles reviewer and the editor of the Cello Forum of the American String Teacher journal.

Benjamin Whitcomb attended Oklahoma State University (BM, cello performance), Boston University, and the University of Texas at Austin (MM, cello performance; PhD, music theory), and he has studied with Evan Tonsing, George Neikrug, and Phyllis Young.

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