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Picture Yourself Playing Cello: Step-by-Step Instruction for Playing the Cello, 1st Edition

  • Jim Aikin
  • ISBN-10: 1435458680
  • ISBN-13: 9781435458680
  • 200 Pages | Paperback
  • COPYRIGHT: 2012 Published
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About the Product

If you want to play the cello, this book is for you! Whether you’re an absolute beginner wondering whether it might be fun to rent an instrument to try it out, a student in school who is thinking of signing up for an orchestra class, or a budding cellist who has been playing for a year or two and is looking for ways to develop a better technique and a better sound, PICTURE YOURSELF PLAYING CELLO will provide practical, hands-on advice that you can use. The easy-to-follow instructions and the numerous pictures and diagrams will show you how to hold the cello, how to use the bow, and how to finger the strings to play music. The book begins by providing a wealth of information that you’ll find useful as you get started. You’ll learn the names of the parts of your cello, how to make sure the cello you’re thinking of renting or buying is in good condition, how to tune the cello, how to replace the strings, and how to hold the instrument while playing. You’ll also learn about cello accessories and how to care for your instrument. After the basics are covered, the book will teach you how to use the bow to produce full, satisfying tones, how to place your fingers to play different notes, and how to read sheet music. Lastly, you’ll find a selection of easy songs to get you started and some suggestions for other cello music that you may want to try. Everything you need to get started playing the cello is covered!


  • Facilitates comprehension with clear, easy-to-understand descriptions, making it a powerful resource that requires no prior knowledge of music or instrument technique.

  • Illustrates key concepts with detailed, all-color photographs that show how to use both the left and right hands to play the instrument.

  • Enhances the learning process by demonstrating techniques in a DVD that is included with the book.

  • Offers real-world applications of the techniques by including the music for familiar yet easy-to-play songs and instructions on how to play them.

About the Author

Jim Aikin

Jim Aikin has written hundreds of articles on music technology for Keyboard, Electronic Musician, Mix, and other magazines. He is the author of POWER TOOLS FOR SYNTHESIZER PROGRAMMING, CHORDS & HARMONY, PICTURE YOURSELF PLAYING CELLO, and two out-of-print science fiction novels. His short fiction has appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and other magazines. He is also active as a hobbyist computer programmer, having released half a dozen freeware text adventure games. To learn more about his varied activities, visit

Table of Contents

1. Your Cello.
2. Getting Ready.
3. How to Use the Bow.
4. Left-Hand Techniques.
5. Reading Music.
6. Music You Can Play.
7. Cello Facts.