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William L

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June 18th


1) Please work on Scales with Pizzicato - CLICK HERE



1) Playing Posture

    - sit on the edge of your chair facing forward, feet flat on the floor, and straight

      back. You should almost be leaning into the cello a little bit. The neck should be on

      the left side of your head. 

    - The angle of the cello should be about a 45 degrees. The lower peg should be

      directly behind your left ear.

    - The bottom of the "C Bout" should fit into the knee area on each side of the cello


2) Fingers on the Finger Board

    - Remember to keep the palm of the hand facing the cello neck


    - Fingers should curved at all times and not flat when you press down on the string

      so the meaty part of the tip of the finger should make contact with the string.

    - The thumb behind the neck should line up with your middle finger.

    - The thumb should be curved behind the neck so your hand is making a "C" shape

    - When pressing your fingers down make sure that the thumb is mostly relaxed. Use

       the body for resistance against your fingers when pushing down & not the thumb.


3) Pizzicato (plucking)- Put the tip of your right hand thumb against the corner edge of the finger board and bring the tip of your first finger around to the top of the strings and pizzicato the C-G-D-A Strings. (Cats Go Down Alleys) the C-String is the fattest string)


4) Bowing

     - Take your ring finger and place it over the metal piece of the frog then take your

        middle finger and place right next to your ring finger. The middle finger should

        be touching the bow hair. Then roll your fingers down over the stick.

     - Then take your thumb and place it next to the the stick where it meets the frog.

        (your thumb should be slightly curved at all times)

     - Your pinky should come over the stick and lay flat in the middle of the frog

     - Your index finger should spread out over the stick so it lays between your first

        and second knuckle

     - The fingers should fall straight down over the wood, like a waterfall and be very

       curved at all times.

     - The wrist should be straight.


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