Cello listening music

said: Jan 25, 2010
 4 posts

I have a 5 year old who has been playing cello since the start of the school year. We listen to the Suzuki Cello 1&2 CD every night as he falls asleep. He tries to mimic it while playing, but has a little difficulty because he cannot hear the cello clearly on the CD. All versions on the CD have a piano accompaniment which often overpowers the cello. Does anyone know if this is correct? The copy on the CD cover makes it seem that we should have one set of tracks that is just cello and a set of tracks immediately following that is accompanied by piano. I’m wondering if I got a dud CD.

Barb said: Jan 26, 2010
Barb Ennis
Suzuki Association Member
685 posts

No, you don’t have a dud CD. The first tracks are cello accompanied by piano. The second set are made for playing along with so that you hear mostly yourself and the piano, but there is cello in the background which would be of help if you got lost. It would be nice if they had been recorded on separate tracks so that you could turn up one side or the other, but I’m pretty sure they didn’t.

If you would like to hear (and see!) many Suzuki songs cello only, look on YouTube for http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRtQQiZoXlo and the related videos. But keep listening to the CD!

Another cello CD I would recommend for listening is Rodney Farrar’s Fat Notes Cellobration. The music book, which is likely a few years away for your son, is also available. It is just cello ensemble music (no piano, but there are some vocals and drums on the jazzy number), much of it based on Suzuki tunes. Ask your teacher if they are familiar with it. http://www.fatnotes.com (sound clips available there)

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said: Jan 26, 2010
 4 posts

Thanks for the tips. I’ll be sure to check into it. I just checked into cello music CDs to borrow from the library, but I don’t know where to start. This gives me a good starting point.

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