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Shifting to Thumb Position on the Cello

 

This movie demonstrates shifting from first to fourth to thumb position on the cello to play a D major scale. Notice how the thumb comes out of the neck block to play the A harmonic, and goes back into the neck block to secure the hand when shifting back.

Thumb position will be discussed in more detail in the section on Advanced Skills.

 

 

POSTURE INSTRUMENT SIZINGINSTRUMENT POSITION

BOW HOLDBOW STROKE INTERMEDIATE RIGHT HAND SKILLSADVANCED RIGHT HAND SKILLS

LEFT HAND POSITIONSHIFTINGVIBRATOADVANCED LEFT HAND SKILLS

 

 
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