Books that focus on Suzuki cello

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Elizabeth Jones said: Jan 12, 2010
Elizabeth Jones
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Violin
Owensboro, KY
21 posts

A friend has asked if I know of any books that will help her encourage her young cellist. She is looking specifically for technical tips and exercises for developing the bow hold.

As a violist/violinist, I wasn’t sure where to direct her.

Any suggestions?

Karra said: Jan 14, 2010
 Cello
51 posts

Has she asked her child’s teacher? I never thought I’d see a question such as this on a teachers’ board. I don’t think one can learn bow grip from a book- everyone’s hands are a little different, and it takes a good teacher to figure out the best bow grip for each student. I can’t think of any book that really helps with this, but there are good exercises on Irene Sharp’s DVD ‘The Art of Cello Teaching’. The DVD is actually geared toward teachers, but I have shown bits of it to my students, so they can see another young student (4 yrs. old) learning the same technique they are. As with any material acquired without the teacher having assigned it, I would tell your friend to run these ideas by her child’s teacher before trying them out.

“It may very well be music that will one day save the world”— Pablo Casals

Elizabeth Jones said: Jan 19, 2010
Elizabeth Jones
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Violin
Owensboro, KY
21 posts

CaraMia25

Has she asked her child’s teacher? I never thought I’d see a question such as this on a teachers’ board.

Yes, of course she has asked her teacher. Her teacher did not have the kind of resources they need in his toolbox of ideas. In an ideal world, everyone would have access to Suzuki learning, and there would be no need to ask questions such as this on a teachers’ board. There are no Suzuki teachers in my friend’s remote part of the country, so they are studying with a cellist who is not Suzuki trained.

I’ll pass the name of that DVD on to her. Thanks.

Mark said: Apr 26, 2010
 
Suzuki Association Member
20 posts

The following book is not specific to Suzuki cello but is nevertheless a wonderful source of information not only about the bow hold but about cello playing in general. It is authored by my former teacher at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta Canada, Professor Claude Kenneson. The book is called “The Cellist’s Guide to the New Approach.”

Ruth Brons said: Apr 26, 2010
Ruth Brons
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Livingston, NJ
148 posts

Another resource for a beginning cellist’s bow hold would be the CelloPhant Instant Bow Hold bow accessory.
Available through http://www.things4strings.com !

Ruth Brons

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