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Elbow and Shoulder Placement for Cello and Bass

For cello and bass, if the thumb is placed properly and the wrist is straight, the elbow position should naturally fall into place, provided the left shoulder is relaxed and not being raised.

An exercise for placement on cello and bass is to ask the students to reach out to the side with their left hands and grab an imaginary orange or baseball. Then bend the elbow and place the fingers on the D string and place the thumb behind the second finger.

 

POSTURE INSTRUMENT SIZINGINSTRUMENT POSITION

BOW HOLDBOW STROKE INTERMEDIATE RIGHT HAND SKILLSADVANCED RIGHT HAND SKILLS

LEFT HAND POSITIONSHIFTINGVIBRATOADVANCED LEFT HAND SKILLS

 

 
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