This text presents beginning cello technique and basic music reading fundamentals. There is an emphasis on using melodies and classical pieces to instruct each new concept. The 28 lessons include basic technique and reading skills, scales in the keys of D, G, C and F and bowing techniques such as dynamic contrast, slurs, accents, and staccato bowing. There are 47 melodies presented including works by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Handel, Mozart and other classical composers.
The book includes access to online audio containing all of the exercises and pieces recorded with solo cello and piano accompaniment. It is useful as a teaching and practice tool as well as a performance accompaniment track.