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Posted: December 31, 1969


Elke Meier
Posted: December 2, 2019
Hi Ray, while it may help you to know how the Cello plays, the real task is to stay with the internal beat of the piece, not to adapt to the Cello. Just stick with the beat, whatever the Cello plays. So you do NOT play along with the Cello, but both of you play along to the internal beat. 

One rule in Suzuki is that the children are supposed to listen to the piece together with the accompaniment every day - to internalize the overall sound. If you know that then you can even loose your place in a piece of music while playing and you will find it again because you know what it all sounds like for THIS particular spot in the music. But I don't think you will do yourself a big favor if you try to learn how the Cello fits together with your rhythm. If you want to study the Cello separately, what you need to think about is: How does the Cello relate to the internal, regular beat of the piece? Maybe this is what you had in mind anyway, but I am just concerned that you adapt to another voice/instrument instead of the conductor. A conductor does not count all the rhythmic differences of each of the voices, but shows the overall beat. When there is no conductor, then it is your own (and the other players') counting of the internal beat of the piece that is the "conductor".