, ,

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.

String Crossings

  • Remember to bring my arm around.  Don’t just ‘reach’ with my fingers.
  • There are possibilities for minor adjustments in pitch using posture.

String Feel

  • 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.

Half Position

  • 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”.