I have recently found a new set of cello study books that are fabulous. They are written by Cassia Harvey and can be found at Amazon or her website charveypublications.com. I mentioned “Flying Fiddle Duets” in a previous post. It is written by her sister and is FUN FUN FUN and easy to play.
Ages ago I studied “Élégie” by Faure. It’s a gorgeous piece and I got stuck on page 2 when the hard part came in. Here’s what some of it looks like:
I had already purchased a help guide by another cellist to conquer this piece, to no avail. I put it away and moved on. Until I found “The Faure Élégie Study Book for Cello” which I discovered at Cassia Harvey’s booth at CELLOBRATION cello choir in SC.
This book puts in black and white exactly what my teacher tells me to do. Small sections, worked in different ways, to teach your fingers what to do. It would be great if I were consistent in my practice to really do this WITHOUT trying to actually “play” a piece. Even when I cover up the notes before and after with my “post-its”, I don’t always do enough of the repetitions. Cassia’s book has me working ONE MEASURE over 2 (or more) pages of exercises. It’s wonderful. I’m so excited that I’m finally going to be able to play this piece without fear of the dreaded page 2.
And this is only one of books she has for beginners, intermediates and advanced players. Working on Bach’s Cello Suites? There’s a Cassia Harvey study book for that too.
Check out her catalog and I’ll bet you find something that will help you on your cello journey.