Learn the contemporary techniques and practices of the modern cello. The collection is a vital exploration of 21st-century cello techniques that every contemporary cellist should know when playing music outside of the standard classical repertoire. By exploring techniques such as chopping, pizzicato, improvisation, chords, ornaments, modes, polyrhythmic playing, and more, you will be prepared to play in a variety of contexts, including folk, rock, funk, jazz, world music and accompanying yourself while singing. Compiled and edited by Mike Block, this volume of etudes contains pieces composed by: Ashley Bathgate • Mike Block • Stephen Braun • Rufus Cappadocia • Rushad Eggleston • Erik Friedlander • Eugene Friesen • Natalie Has • Giovanni Sollima • Mark Summer • Jacob Szekley • Matt Turner • Jeffrey Zeigler.
“The broad reach of skills included in these etudes can equip a cellist to participate in making music in any part of the world. I urge all cellists interested in contemporary styles to take a look, and to experience and enjoy the world of twenty-first century cello.” – Yo-Yo Ma, Multi-GRAMMY® Award-Winning Cellist, Founding Artistic Director of Silkroad
“Block assembled an extraordinary group of cellists who are giving out their 'inner secrets' to practicing modern cello techniques. Any cellists who want to expand their vocabulary beyond western classical music and into the twenty-first century must get this fantastic book!” – Maya Beiser, Founding Cellist of the New Music Group Bang on a Can All-Stars
“We need more 'outside the orchestra' material like this that explores the versatility of the coolest instrument in the world.” – Steven Sharp Nelson, Cellist (the Piano Guys)
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