Elbow and Shoulder Placement for Cello and BassFor 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
string and place the thumb behind the second finger.