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Yasuda, Martha - American Melodies: Double Stop Solos and Duets for Cello, Volume I - Digital Download

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American Melodies: Double Stop Solos and Duets is 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.

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Title: American Melodies: Double Stop Solos and Duets for Cello, Volume I
Composer: Various
Arranger: Martha Yasuda
Publisher: Yasuda Music Company LLC
Instrumentation: Cello Duet
Parts Included: Cello part, optional accompaniment
Pages: 48 Pages, 10 Arrangements
Additional Information:

Item Includes

  • Old MacDonald
  • She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain
  • O Susannah!
  • When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again
  • My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean
  • America the Beautiful
  • Yankee Doodle
  • The Star Spangled Banner
  • The Battle Hymn of the Republic
  • I've Been Workin' on the Railroad

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About Martha J. Yasuda

Martha Yasuda's arrangements, transcriptions and compositions are a natural extension of her life in music, as an orchestral violinist and Suzuki-trained teacher, with a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.

Martha began arranging in 2002 and since then has completed close to 80 volumes of arrangements for various string instrument combinations, including 26 books with duets for all pieces from Suzuki Books 1 through 8, licensed by the International Suzuki Association. She was also commissioned by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to write orchestral arrangements for the education concerts, called "Symphony Street: Adventures with the Orchestra."

Her series of duets and double stop solos for violin, viola and cello — featuring popular hymns, folk songs, wedding selections and Christmas tunes — has earned praise from teachers, performers and pedagogues:

"Mrs. Yasuda's idea of relating double stops to duets is very cleverly done and is clearly a demonstration of Dr. Suzuki's idea of making learning enjoyable for the student." ~ Suzuki pioneer, William Starr

Her arrangements are "expertly written and carefully edited for the student, and they delight with originality and flair." ~ William Preucil, Sr., Professor of Music (Emeritus) at The University of Iowa

"The six-volume Yasuda violin and cello duo series includes well-crafted, carefully edited arrangements for all levels of players, from the novice to the advanced." ~ Christopher Rex, Principal Cellist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra since 1979
Martha's recent publications, Timeless Melodies, Volumes I and II, include duets for top favorite pieces from Barbara Barber's six-volume series. Barber writes: "Finally, someone has written violin duet parts for many of the pieces in Solos For Young Violinists! They are well-written and easy to read. Thank you, Martha!"

Martha (Lewis) Yasuda grew up in Lynchburg, VA and studied violin with Suzuki teacher-trainer, Rudy Hazucha. She studied violin with Zvi Zeitlin and Charlie Castleman at the Eastman School, and with William Starr at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN. She has freelanced with many different orchestras, including the Rochester Philharmonic, the Savannah Symphony, and the Greenville Symphony, and she always has maintained a teaching studio. In recent years, her arranging has taken front seat, as she continues to create materials that aim to inspire students, teachers and young audience members.

Mrs. Yasuda lives in Atlanta with her husband, Ken, and is a grandmother of four. She feels fortunate to be able to express herself through arranging music and gives all glory to God for the creativity she has been given.

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