Technique Tutorials

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Here you will find all kinds of exercises that I have found most useful in my teaching career. They are simple, easy to use and most of all effective. As cellists there are typical issues that come up time and time again so I’ve included some of the more common problem solving solutions I use. I hope you enjoy and these video’s help you to play the cello with success and ease!

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Left Hand String Crossing

Improving your intonation with left hand string crossings - remember to balance your hand shape to the thumb - execute string crossings with the arm NOT by reaching with the fingers The goal is to have your hand shape and balance the same on each string, if you use your ‘wing’ this is possible… happy practicing to you!

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Backward Extensions

If you know Go Tell Aunt Rhody, review this song first, as I use the middle section to teach extensions. Remember that extensions are executed in the forearm, pay careful attention to the forearm for success!

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Countdown ~ a tutorial on shifting

Here is a basic exercise to get you started on the ever dreaded or, oh so exciting process of shifting. The primary objective is to work from the point of view of the thumb, thus training the arm to do the work. Doing this will align all 4 fingers just by moving the the thumb to the ‘right’ place. One of the main components of this exercise relies on your ear to be the ‘teacher’. Be sure to turn your ears on high alert, the more careful you are with shifting the quicker you become a confident and reliable shifter.

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Forward Extensions

The primary thing to remember about forward extensions is to be sure to move the thumb to execute them. A flexible thumb is essential to doing forward extensions successfully. If you are new to extensions in general, it’s a good idea to start with Backward Extensions first, move to Countdown, then attempt the Forward Extensions explained in this video after learning the other techniques first.

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Fourth Position

Introducing a position called fourth position using the G major and the C major 2 octave scales, both starting in the fourth position. Becoming proficient in these scales will give you a nice start to learning and exploring fourth.

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