Top Banana is a collection of 20 performance pieces for young string players (Grades 1–2+), for solo or group playing, composed by Celia Cobb and Naomi Yandell. Drawing on a wide range of moods and styles, the pieces are intended to inspire communicative and committed performances in any concert or exam situation. Each piece aims to capture the musical imagination and to motivate the young player to practise, play and perform.
From the teacher’s perspective the pieces include clear teaching points, and incorporate a range of techniques, such as harmonics, glissandi and left-hand pizzicato, intended to encourage the student to develop good technical habits for the future, while having a considerable amount of fun along the way.
The keys throughout are compatible, meaning that friends learning violin, viola or cello can enjoy playing the pieces together.
The complete Top Banana range:
They have co-authored a number of books for young string players, including Take your Bow, a collection of 20 concert pieces for beginner string players, and Sight Reading: A progressive method (Initial to Grade 8), for violin, viola, cello and double bass, published by Trinity College London Press. Naomi Yandell is also the author of the Trinity College Theory of Music Workbooks.