Admittedly, this is of interest mostly to me, but I want to remember the key points so that I can practice more effectively this week. I can barely keep myself focused at work because I’m so excited to try these things. Priorities, though!
Today’s lesson – Kummer #12 – some pointers for getting better tone on the C string
- “Scooping” out on the C string, and managing bow trajectory, and on a similar subject
- Curving over the wrist a little to cross from G to C to hit that F
- Regarding the C string, as I get near the frog, lighten up and use only the back two fingers to guide the bow. The front 2 are only for stabilization
- Try opening up away from the cello a little to get a little more room to move through.
- Let my arm drop through and past the elbow on the down-bow. Let gravity do the work as much as possible.
- On going from A to C#, just go. I’m not going to keep keep finger on A anyway. If you need it, extend back.
- Remember to bring my arm around. Don’t just ‘reach’ with my fingers.
- There are possibilities for minor adjustments in pitch using posture.
- Practice scales with regard to string-feel, noting how it changes as you move up in pitch.
- By the way, “up” usually means pitch,not altitude.
- It’s further up (in terms of altitude) than I think it is.
- Fingers are further apart than I’m used to in first position.
Fourth Position – this is a major step forward for me!
- First scales using 4th position fingerings, C and G major.
- In first position, really feel at home with (F,C,G,D) prior to making the shift to fourth position on that particular string, since this is your reference point for getting back.
- Do not “rest” on the cello. The temptation is there.
- It will be more necessary in 4th position to know how to tilt the cello to put the right string “at my fingertips”.