Bärenreiter's Sassmannshaus - The Sassmannshaus Tradition - Early Start On The Cello Volume 1
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For more than three decades, the Sassmannshaus Tradition has been the household name for excellence in beginner string methods in German-speaking countries. More than half a million students have successfully learned to play string instruments using this publication. Now the four books for Cello are available in a newly adapted version for today's English speaking children.
Volume 1 contains 15 lessons, with numerous call songs and nursery rhymes, and includes flash cards for learning notes in first position and their finger placements.
After the introduction featuring open strings and basic note values, the "cuckoo call" follows as a basic interval. Note reading is introduced from the beginning, and accidentals are explained in the easiest way. By the end of the first book, many English children's songs using all fingers have been played and note values from whole to eighth notes have been introduced. Most exercises are underlaid with text so that rhythms can be learned easily and melodies can be perceived as a whole.