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Product Details

  • Sheet music: 68 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred Music (June 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874877628
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874877625
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.2 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. Rothkopf on November 11, 2009
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Being a "mature" cello student, I needed studies that would help me to visualize where I am on the cello. Though the pieces in this book are not particularly challenging, they are exactly what I need to familiarize myself with the different positions. The pieces switch back and forth from "home" (first) position to the one you are practicing, giving a valuable study in shifting to the new position. The written exercises at the beginning of each change in position are a help to establish finger spacing before starting out. I have been pleased with all the books by Rick Mooney that I have purchased (Thumb Position 1 & 2, Double Stops 1 and Position Pieces for Cello 1). Good study for any beginning student learning the different positions on the cello.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on January 28, 2008
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I am an adult learning the cello. I would be considered an intermediate to advanced beginner.

Position Pieces is an outstanding way to learn the positions on the cello. Some of the tunes are somewhat juvenile, but they have all challenged me.

The book also incorporates other techniques in the pieces, so it's more than just shifting. My instructor and I have enjoyed working through this book.

It would be very difficult to do if you are trying to teach yourself.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By CelloLuva on October 29, 2010
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My teacher uses this method book along with many others, but I like the layout of this one. It presents things in a certain order to make you understand it, and it doesn't give fingerings for every single note like some books. First couple bars or lines have the fingerings then they start getting scarcer and scarcer as the piece goes on. That way you are not using them as a crutch but if you get stumped you can look back at the beginning to figure it out. Unlike Suzuki books which offer two sets of fingers for every single note. I also like the written exercises at the beginning of each new position so that you can make sure you "get it" before you actually play. Nice musically flowing little etudes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Roger B Carr on May 22, 2012
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I have owned this book, and all the other Rick Mooney books, for several years. I love them. When I first started using this book my goal was to get to the point where I would quickly know which position I should shift to while sight reading music in chamber music situations. It really helped me reach my goal quickly. I have found that I really enjoy revisiting all the Mooney books say, every six months. I play straight through the book. Each time I revisit the book I learn new things, get reminded of things I thought I knew but forgot, etc. Every adult cellist should have these books and use them over and over.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A. Nony Moose on November 27, 2011
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First of all, there is nothing wrong with a 3 star product, including this book, so please don't ding my review because it's not 5 stars. Three stars means "good."

This book is good, but it could be great. There are other very good reviews here which give detail as to why it's good, so I'll skip that part. Two things could have made this book great: 1) an accompanying CD, and 2) pieces that are familiar. Every piece in this book is "fabricated", ie. not a 'real' song. To someone trying to learn, familiar pieces let you know immediately if you are right on the note or not. And a CD is hugely helpful in that regard as well.

So, this is a good book. Please don't get me wrong. It is helpful in learning to shift, and to appreciate that staying in, say, 3rd or 4th position is sometimes easier than reverting to the (to a beginner) safe and familiar 1st position, which can ultimately create the need for even more shifting back and forth.

I like the book, it is helpful, it's just not "GREAT!" It probably ranks 5 stars from others because it is the most helpful, available, and approachable book on learning and becoming familiar with using positions for the cello available, but it still could be better.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. Nony Moose on March 4, 2010
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This book, which introduces the 5th, 6th, and 7th positions, assumes that the cellist already knows tenor clef. As long as you are aware of that, no problem. I was hoping that this book would help me learn tenor clef since that's where these positions are played. It seemed to me that they go hand in hand. Why would you know how to read tenor clef already if you didn't know the positions to play it? Just like why would you study the positions if you didn't know tenor clef (which, ah ha, the author must agree with since that's how he wrote the book.) They go together, for crying out loud, so teach them together already!

The other disappointment is the photographs. Again, I was hoping to learn where to put my hand / fingers. The background of every single photo, by which I mean anything and everything other than the person's fingers, is completely black. You have no idea where on the cello neck the person's hand / fingers are located. I am completely dumbfounded by this as the photos, which presumably someone thought were necessary, are completely worthless. Just imagine your hand in some position, floating in space, and that is every photograph. Could be first position for all I know.

Lastly, and this is minor but still annoying, there are quizzes which ask which finger is on which note, which note is played by which finger, etc. BUT NO ANSWERS ARE GIVEN!!! I assume the questions are not meant to be rhetorical, but at this point, who knows.

Bottomline: if you know tenor clef, and if you know where the fingers go, this book is probably good practice for you. If you want to learn these things, look elsewhere.
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