Scales Books for Cello
For those of you that play cello, what are some good scale and etude books you use?
This is what my cello teacher used on me:
For scales, you can find ABRSM books with them (grades 1-8) starts with more basic (grade 1) then gets more challenging as you move up
Assuming beginner to intermediate:
Great, thank you so much, this helps a lot! I think I would be happy playing beginner to intermediate scales right now. Violin is my primary instrument and cello is more for fun, but I also am a big fan of scales. I play through cello Suzuki book 4 comfortably but just kind of dabbled in book 5. The cello teacher that has helped me out doesn't use scales and etudes outside of the method books. Cello seems like a whole new world to figure out, but it's overwhelming and refreshing at the same time.
Picked-up-cello-as-an-adult violinist here. When I had previously asked around, I was given fingerings of individual scales and also printouts of Klengel. However, I was introduced to universal fingering this year in Suzuki cello unit training and it's a game-changer. It makes complete logical sense (the counterpart of starting violin scales on 1st finger) and although I'm sure other fingerings are useful/necessary in repertoire, it's exactly what I needed for my early book 4 student. I assume there is a standard pattern for arpeggios too.
Wow Mengwei, you were able to get your Suzuki Cello training? That sounds fun!
I had taken books 1-2 well before the pandemic, meant to take 3 last summer (waited for my student to get close) but couldn't of course, then did books 3-4 online once that was available. It was definitely less intimidating playing by myself on mute than in a physical class! (although the book 3 trainer did have us individually play through the book and some exercises and scales from memory)
The Wells Cunningham book is a very good choice, will keep you busy for years, cycling through the layers of difficulty it build up to, but it will also keep you interested. It is fun, a challenge, but fun.