Beginning the Cello-1

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Beginning the Cello Proper playing position You must first establish the proper height of the endpin for the students. Have the student stand with feet shoulder width apart and adjust the endpin so that the top of the scroll is in line with the student’s chin. This is a good starting point. Once the student is sitting on the edge of his or her chair, there are three checkpoints to consider. 1. The “vibrato button” should b somewhat in line with the sternum. 2. The C peg should be behind the student’s left ear. 3. The bottom bouts of the instrument should rest just above the knees. Adjustments for each student must always be made. The left hand Imagine grabbing a grapefruit, hold a water balloon, or hold a can of coke.
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Unformatted text preview: These are good examples of the proper shape of the left hand with the thumb naturally resting behind the second finger. Place the hand onto the cello with the first finger on the first tape, third finger on the next tape, and fourth finger on the last tape. The second finger should rest between the first and third finger. Once the hand is shaped onto the A string, introduce the beginning of the D scale by descending the tetra chord from the fourth finger down. Repeat this process on the D string. Combine the two tetra chords together and establish an easy warm-up using the D scale with pizzicato....
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