097 - American Melodies For Cello, Double Stop Solos and Duets, Volume I
American Melodies: Double Stop Solos and Duets for Cello, Volume I
Martha performs the Double Stop Solos from Old MacDonald, combining both Volume I and II arrangements from the Violin version back-to-back. The Cello version is quite similar and is a loose transcription.
American Melodies: Double Stop Solos and Duetsis now transcribed for the cello! It is a two-volume musical celebration of our American heritage. Each volume contains both duet and double stop solo arrangements of five patriotic songs and five folk songs.
Martha's novel concept for students to learn double stops begins by playing duets first, with the identical notes combined and rewritten as a double stop solo on the opposite page. As students play the duets first, their ear is given a nice example to help them along as they learn to play the double stop solos.
Volume I is for students that have never played double stops before (late Suzuki book 3) and has very little shifting. You will find lots of 3rds, 6ths and octaves matching open strings.
This novel approach to learning double stops is endorsed by Suzuki pioneer, William Starr, in his glowing Foreword.
You might also enjoy playing Christmas Melodies: Double Stop Solos and Duets, Volumes I and II.