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CELLO TECHNIQUE: Principles and Forms of Movement Paperback – August 22, 1995
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GERHARD MANTEL is Professor at the Staatliche Hochschule für Müsik, Frankfurt, and a noted concert artist. BARBARA HAIMBERGER THIEM teaches cello and is artist-in-residence at Colorado State University.
- Publisher : Indiana University Press; Reprint edition (August 22, 1995)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0253210054
- ISBN-13 : 978-0253210050
- Item Weight : 12 ounces
- Dimensions : 8.17 x 5.46 x 0.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #249,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There were some good analogies about anticipating sound, and how playing the cello compares with pitching a baseball - namely how both deliveries must be adjusted while in motion, and that breaking a motion down into component parts will not result in successful coaching. Particularly useful for me was the section on bow speed.
I would have liked to see more complete drawings than the stick figures provided.
Probably the best way I can sum this up for a beginning cellist is "read more for inspiration than comprehension". Let your cello teacher show you the rest. However, I think as one advances this will continue to be a useful reference.
I would recommend reading other books first, and let your teacher communicate to you the essential ideas. But that does not take away from this book, which is well done for the right audience.
The purpose of this book is to outline a style of cello playing that requires the least amount of physical effort. Yes, it can be difficult to understand, but I assure you that this will improve your technique, and thus enable you to play with the least physical stress possible.
Reading this book and applying it to your playing is not necessarily easy but it is a worthwhile pursuit and I would highly recommend it.
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Un livre très technique et très utile.
En particulier, la discussion sur la pronation / supination de l'archet aide à comprendre des choses qui prendraient des années à découvrir soi-même.