A Guide to Practicing and Playing the Cello

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Renowned cellist and music teacher releases definitive guide to advancing musically

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Those of us who know the author, who is recognized not only for his brilliant thinking but also for his beautiful cello playing and scholarly work, will be the first to take his every suggestion seriously.

The ability to practice well is as important as the commitment to practice at all. It is an unfortunate fact that many music students, however devoted to their craft, often self-sabotage their development by reinforcing poor physical and mental habits during their practice hours. Benjamin Whitcomb looks to change this in The Advancing Cellist's Handbook: A Guide to Practicing and Playing the Cello (published by AuthorHouse).

Designed to help students become better self-teachers, The Advancing Cellist's Handbook teaches young music students how to practice, systematically addressing proper practicing and preventing counter-productive habits that reinforce poor performance. Moreover, The Advancing Cellist's Handbook addresses many issues that often go unaddressed in other musical handbooks, such as:

  •     The psychological aspects of cello playing
  •     A detailed approach to organizing and planning practice time
  •     A structured approach to practicing
  •     The technical and musical aspects to playing the cello
  •     Practicing guides for a selection of musical pieces
  •     An extensive bibliography for further research and additional references

Geared towards the intermediate student, The Advancing Cellist's Handbook will provide dedicated learners a faster rate of advancement out of their practice time.

"How I wish I could have read this book years ago! It would have saved many hours of practicing which often have had disappointing results for the time invested. I am convinced that the ideas that Benjamin Whitcomb has introduced and explored are great time savers with excellent results. And, isn’t that what every musician wants in today’s busy lives?

"Those of us who know the author, who is recognized not only for his brilliant thinking but also for his beautiful cello playing and scholarly work, will be the first to take his every suggestion seriously."

-- Phyllis Young, Playing the String Game and The String Play

About the Author
Benjamin Whitcomb, cellist and music theorist, has earned a national reputation as a highly skilled performer and teacher of music. An active recitalist and chamber musician, he performs more than 20 concerts a year. He appears regularly on the "Sunday Afternoon Live from the Chazen" concert series broadcast live on Wisconsin Public Radio. He collaborates with pianist Vincent de Vries in frequent recitals around the country, and he is a member of the Ancora String Quartet and the UW-Whitewater Piano Trio.

Whitcomb is Associate Professor of Cello and Music Theory at the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater, where he initiated and continues to coordinate the Theory/History Colloquium speaker series, the Musical Mosaics Faculty Concert Series, and the UW-Whitewater String Chamber Music Camp. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and Oklahoma State University, and he has studied with Phyllis Young, George Neikrug, and Evan Tonsing. For more information, visit http://www.benjaminwhitcomb.com.

AuthorHouse is a premier book publisher for emerging, self-published authors. For more information, please visit http://www.authorhouse.com.

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