Cello Advanced: Week #2
A scale, shift exercises, bow patterns We reviewed all techniques from last week. Hopefully you’re gaining some comfort in the A maj extensions, shifting, and most of the bow exercises. Hone in on any that are giving you trouble, and speed up the easier ones.
2nd position ext ex We learned an exercise for extending in 2nd position.
Each of these help develop the backwards extension in the first finger. As in the Bb scale from last week, the minus sign indicates a backwards extension.
Minuet: Hard part
We looked at m. 17 in Minuet, which uses 2nd position extension. It’s the trickiest technical part of the piece, so better to get a head start! This week, drill the 2nd position exercises before attempting this excerpt.
Here’s a recording of that. I play through it four times: