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High Positions for Cello and Bass

In more advanced thumb position playing, the thumb will need to press the string to the fingerboard. This can be quite painful at first. A callous will eventually form. To accelerate this process, have students practice playing scales using just their thumb.

High positions may also require the reading of music written in tenor and/or treble clef.

When playing in high positions, the bow must be placed very close to the bridge for the instrument to produce a good tone.

 

 

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BOW HOLDBOW STROKE INTERMEDIATE RIGHT HAND SKILLSADVANCED RIGHT HAND SKILLS

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