Ultimate Beginner Series, Cello
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The Ultimate Beginner Series string DVDs cover: maintenance and care for the instrument, correct posture and holding techniques, simple finger patterns, bowing and plucking methods, your first notes, music theory, and helpful hints to get you started fast. DVD special features include getting to know the instruments, beginning music theory interactive, additional video tips, and printable reference materials.
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The dvd is aimed toward those who have NEVER had a lesson. The chapters cover parts of the cello, how to hold the cello, how to hold the bow, tuning the cello, and playing the scales.
I felt the instruction was a bit too basic. It covered what we learned in our very first cello lesson with our instructor. I was expecting more from the dvd, like how to play vibratto, or how to play songs such as what is taught in the Suzuki training books. The only "song" they play is the scales (A-B-C-D, etc).
The lady that plays the cello is obviously uncomfortable being in front of the camera, but I think I would be too! :) She is an incredible celloist, and some of the best "pieces" of the dvd are the little interludes where she plays the cello between chapters.
I felt some of the chapters could have been longer and more informative. For example, in the "Tuning the Cello" chapter, she explains how to tune the cello. She then talks about another way to tune the cello using "reverberation", but never shows how it works and how to tune the cello that way.
There are some added bonuses to the dvd, such as a guy explaining "octaves" on a piano. They were kind of handy, but would have liked more focus on the cello.
I would recommend this dvd to those who are interested in getting a cello, or have just bought one. For those of you who have already had a few cello lessons, this dvd will be way to basic for you.
I would really like to see another one created for the intermediate player. Such as the student who has played for awhile, but wants to learn more about the cello and how to play more interesting songs.
If lessons 2 - onward have to come from a book or
something els than don't bother with this DVD. Check the
internet out and get more than this offers.
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