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    Cello Method for the Existingnstrument list

    Nicholas Nirva

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    In tr od uc tion Pu rp oseThis cello method for the existing instrumentalists is designed to supplement a

    class or one on one environment in which an educated player of another instrument wantsto gain some level of proficiency on the cello. If one assumes a certain base of knowledgeof music literacy and proper phrasing, the only aspects left to learning a new instrumentare correct technique and note location. While most method books focus on technique, Ihave left it to the instructor to cover correct bow position and things of the like. Thepurpose of this method is primarily to help the student become familiar with thefingerboard and location of pitches on the cello.

    I have designed this method in a way that facilitates quick learning of pitches onthe cello. There are eight initial etudes, two for each of the first four positions, and twofinal etudes which incorporate position shifts. For each position, the first etude shows allof the adjacent notes considered to be that position and a piece containing all of thepitches at least once. The second etude is based on the same idea, except with the firstfinger stretched back a half step. The etudes themselves are varied in style (which can beexpanded on by the instructor), however, the primary focus is to learn the notes of thatposition. Tempos are suggested, but accuracy is the main goal.

    Along with the goal of accuracy, careful attention should be paid to intonation.Only with perfect intonation can the student feel the proper distance between fingers andnotes in that position. Also, in the back of this text, each etude bas been transposed to theother positions (example, the first position etudes transposed to second, third, and fourth).It is recommended that once the initial etudes are learned, the student picks an etude andplays it in all four positions. With proper intonation, this will demonstrate the sizedifference in positions (first is wider than fourth, etc.) for the student and help them gaina more kinesthetic feel for the instrument.

    While this method is not a map to virtuosity, the enterprising student wishing to~ moreabout the cet~111 find it very useful. Enjoy I

    : i/7~-: / P / / //~ / C & ; , / /~ l Nicholas NirvaDecember 16, 2005

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    Etude No 1First Position Nicholas Nirva

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    Etude No 2First Position Nicholas Nirva

    Moderato4

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    Etude No 3Second Position Nicholas Nirva

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    EtudeNo 4Second Position Nicbolas Nirva

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    Etude No 5Third Position Nicholas Nirva

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    Etude No. Third Position Nicholas Nirva

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    Larghetto

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    Etude No 7Fourth Position Nicholas Nirva

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    Etude No 8Fourth Position Nicholas Nirva

    Andante

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    T he Fin al E tu desThe two final etudes in this book are intended to test your new knowledge of the

    cello. There are two included based on tempo. The first is slower and the second a bitquicker. The fingerings included above the notation are not necessarily the easiest waythe play them, however, they will test your knowledge of the positions and noteplacement.

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    Final Etude No 1Nicholas Nirva

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    Final Etude No 2Nicholas Nirva

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    The Etudes Transposed

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    Etude No 1Second Position Nicholas Nirva

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    Etude No 1Third Position Nicholas Nirva

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    Etude No 1Fourth Position Nicholas Nirva

    Allegretto

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    Etude No 2Second Position Nicholas Nirva

    Cello

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    Etude No 2Third Position Nicholas Nirva

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    Etude No 2Fourth Position Nicholas Nirva

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    Etude No 3First Position Nicholas Nirva

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    Etude No 3Third Position Nicholas Nirva

    Allegretto

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    Etude No 3Fourth Position Nicholas Nirva

    Cello

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    Etude No 4First Position Nicholas Nirva

    Dance Like

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    Etude No 4Third Position Nicholas Nirva

    Dance Like

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    Etude No 4Fourth Position Nicholas Nirva

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    Etude No 5First Position Nicholas Nirva

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    3

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    Etude No 5SecondPosition Nicholas Nirva

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    Etude No 5Fourth Position Nicholas Nirva

    Misterioso

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    Etude No 6First Position N ic ho la s N ir va

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    Etude No 6Second Position Nicholas Nirva

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    Etude No 6Fourth Position Nicbolas Nirva

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    Etude No 7S e co n d P o si ti on Nicholas Nirva

    Larghetto

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    Etude No 7T h ir d P o si ti on Nicholas Nirva

    Larghetto

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    Etude No 8First Position Nicholas Nirva

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    Etude No 8Second Position Nicholas Nirva

    A n d a n t e

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    Etude No 8Third Positioh Nicholas Nina

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