Suzuki Books and mp3 downloads
Here are the links to purchase:
My advise is to purchase the Book without CD and download the songs from iTunes directly on your phone or mp3 device. Another option is to listen to Book 1 playlist on the SoundCloud app.
Please, make sure you have the original book and the music ready and easily available for listening!
ClearTune (iOS and Android)
All cello players need a tuner and this one is fairly easy to use and is available for iOS and Android.
Cadenza Tuner + Metronome (iOS only)
This is the tuner that I use and I like it because it is very clean and has a metronome with it. The only downside is that is only available for iOS.
Practicia (iOS and Android)
Practice app that allows students to share their practice sessions with the teacher in between lessons. You can upload videos or audios for practice, get feedback from the teacher, track your progress and much more! Visit www.practicia.com
ABRSM Speedshifter (iOS only)
This is a great app to slow down your music, since some recordings are a bit too fast for a beginner student. Many students like to practice with a recording so this app solves the speed problem.
SoundCloud (iOS and Android)
I made a few playlists for you:
- Music & Giggles Songs
- Pre-Twinkle Songs
- Twinkle Play Along
- Suzuki Book 1
Highly recommend this app to listen to your music wherever you go! Download the app (it’s free!) and search for Monica Lima Suzuki Studio.
This is an important accessory for your bow and sound quality. There are many brands and types but, for a beginner cellist, a basic rosin is good enough. You should apply a bit of rosin to your bow hair every time your are going to play. Buy here
Cello endpin stopper
This is also an important accessory to prevent your cello from slipping and to protect the floor where you are going to play. Buy here
Microfibre Cleaning Cloth
Make cleaning your cello after playing a habit. Have a microfibre cloth on your cello case and always clean the strings and the body of your cello from rosin and dust.
You won’t need a music stand straight away, since most students are learning by ear and not yet reading at the beginning. As soon as the student starts reading, it is a good idea to have a music stand at home. Buy here
Although this one might seem a bit too professional, I highly recommend having a cello stand where you can leave your cello ready to play. These stands are adjustable so you can fit a small cello up to a full size cello. By not having to get the cello out of the case everyday, this is just the best solution to save time during practice and your tight schedule! Buy here
Tips for Parents
I know that learning the cello can be a bit overwhelming for parents. There are times where you wish that your child would cooperate a bit more and that practice time would be a consistent and enjoyable experience.
One of my main goals in my Studio is to help parents during this process. I know all parents want the best for their children, but sometimes it can be a very demanding job. I believe a big part of my job is to work along parents, to help you in any possible way.
Below I have made a list that I think can be really helpful for Suzuki parents. You will find a whole community of parents that are going through the same as you. Some ups and downs of learning an instrument are predictable and everyone goes through similar phases. The more we educate ourselves in this beautiful methodology called The Suzuki Method, the better we will understand our children and be able to help them.
I hope you enjoy this list!
- Nurtured by Love, Shinichi Suzuki
- Ability Development from Age Zero, Shinichi Suzuki
- A Suzuki Parent’s Diary or How I Survived My First 10,000 Twinkles, Carroll Morris
- To Learn With Love: A Companion for Suzuki Parents, Constance and William Starr
- Time To Practice: A Companion For Parents, Carrie Reuning-hummel
- Home Practice Tips for Parents
- Effective Practice
- Practice 10 Points to Ponder
- Practice Basics, Priorities, and Creative Ideas
- 10 Rules for Success for Suzuki Parents
I love these podcasts! I listen to it when I am walking, exercising, cooking, on the bus… Some are short and insightful and I am sure you will get great value from it.