The Open-String Book for Cello


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The Open-String Book for Cello

This book works on basic cello bowing and rhythm skills using only open strings. From quarter and eighth notes to the first slurs, this book can help students read music and play open strings at the very first lesson. Other skills taught include rests, open string double stops, 3/4 timing, string crossing, and half and whole notes.

Are you teaching beginning cellists? I use this book for the first lessons of nearly every beginning student that comes to study with me. While they progress to fingered notes after (and sometimes during) the first lesson, I continue assigning this book until the student finishes it. It’s great as a warm-up at the beginning of the lesson where we can focus on bowing.

Are you an adult teaching yourself? This book doesn’t have any explanatory words and was intended to be used in a lesson. However, adult learners can play through it and improve their playing if they know a bit about how to read music (how notes fall on a staff, how rhythms are notated, etc.).

This book could be used along with Learning the Cello, Book One and could be followed by The Hot Cross Buns Book for Cello.

by Cassia Harvey
31 pages CHP182
©2006 C. Harvey Publications

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Additional information

Clefs Used

Bass clef

Heterogeneous Class Use

No; exercises are the same but open strings are a fifth apart from the other books.



Positions Used

Only open strings


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