A progressive system of scales for Cello
We all agree that scales are a basis for learning cello technique, which is why we include scales in our teaching. The trick of course, is how to integrate scales into the learning process so that at the moment the repertoire demands the technique, the fingers are able to respond. All too often scales are divorced from their musical environment or teachers are compelled to cut and paste from traditional scale books to try to match technique and learning.
Here, in this new series, Scale Builder Orfilia Saiz Vega meticulously matches scale development to the appropriate level of technique. Through this, the patterns and rhythms expected of the student at their level of musical competence are precisely those practised. Moreover, the skilful integration of bowing and other techniques specific to the instrument mean that acquiring the scales across a whole range of technical devices means that when they appear in the music they are expected to play, teachers can concentrate on the musical elements safe in the knowledge that the technique is secure.
"Great musicians are formed from early age. We finally have this gradual, attractive and adapted system of scales to start building student's technique, which will be at the service of their artistry in the future. I strongly recommend it!"
ASIER POLO Cello player, soloist and Artistic director at the Faculty of Music and Performing Arts of the University'Alfonso X el Sabio' (Madrid). ©2022