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Cello Position Handbook

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Halley Feaster is a contemporary and Classical acoustic and electric cellist, with a dual bachelor’s degree from Berklee College of Music in Performance and Professional Music (2009). While in Boston, she enjoyed recording session work and was chosen to perform with Gloria Estefan, Steve Winwood, Philip Bailey, the Jon Finn Group, and Herbie Hancock. She was also the string arranger and coordinator for the American Celtic punk band, the Dropkick Murphys, with credits on several albums as well as live performances with DKM on their St. Patrick’s Day Boston shows and northeast tours.

Halley greatly values the power of music education and is very thankful to have studied with teachers who opened worlds of art and opportunities in her youth. She hopes to pass along her passion and knowledge by teaching students of all levels and ages.


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Cello Position Handbook, Volume 1

New cello students nearly always start in first position aided by finger tapes or guides for accurate finger placement. As they advance, they are expected to learn to shift out of first position, but the focus is on the movement of the shift rather than on note locations or pitch accuracy.

In this book, author and versatile cellist Halley Feaster introduces a step-by-step approach to understanding each position, leading to thorough comprehension of the cello fingerboard and a more confident and well-rounded player.

Together with its engaging video component, Cello Position Handbook shows advanced beginners and intermediate students what notes are available in each of 12 positions. Short exercises and excerpts are provided for practice in each location, ultimately enabling fluid performance without excessive shifting.

On completion of this volume, students will be familiar with what notes are available in each position and be able to move comfortably between them while expanding their repertoires. Includes access to online video.

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