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Cello Lessons: Hand Position: Double Stop Scales

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[MUSIC]
As we go through our general technique
curriculum, you're gonna hear me talking
a lot about hand position and hand shape.
The shape of our hand is of key importance
for intonation and playing fast.
And basically just knowing
what notes you have to play.
One way that we can really solidify our
hand position is to play double stops.
This way we're actually
making our hand shape
audible by playing more than
one note in the hand shape.
I want us to practice turning our D major
scale into a double stop routine, okay?
So, we have our D major scale,
[MUSIC]
and what I'm gonna do, is in whatever hand
shape each note is in, like we start
out in an extended hand shape.
I'm going to pick one other
note from that hand shape, and
I'm gonna add that to
the note of the scale.
So we're gonna start with D.
[SOUND] And instead of just
playing only the first finger,
I'm gonna add the second
finger on the G string.
By adding the second note
on the second string.
I'm making my extended
hand position audible so
I can make sure I'm in tune
with a good hand shape.
I'm gonna walk up the scale on
the C string to second finger and
on the G string,
I'm gonna go to fourth finger,
which is another note
from this hand shape.
As I walk up to F sharp, I'm gonna
play first finger on the G-string.
Notice for
every note of the scale that we walk up,
I'm adding the note on the adjacent
string, from the same hand shape.
I'm gonna play double stops in the hand
shape all the way up the D major scale so
you can see what it looks and sounds like.
I may not play the same double
stops each time through.
I basically am improvising another
note to add to the scale note.
So you can use this as an ear
training practice as well.
And try and improvise these double stops.
[MUSIC]
So I'll start with D and I'll walk up
the scale adding any random
double stop from the handshape.
[MUSIC]
Do you hear that
I've gone up one octave now?
Even though there's a lot of double stops,
the scale is maintaining
it's integrity note by note.
See if you can hear the scale note
as I go up the second octave.
[MUSIC]
A lot of people
wonder if the double
stop that you're
adding has to be in
the key of D major.
Well I can, but because this is at
its core, just a technical hand shape
exercise, you could add any double stop
as long as it's from the hand shape.
Even if it's not in the key.
I'll show you what that might
sound like on the way down.
[MUSIC]
That's
the first
octave.
[MUSIC]
Most of
the notes you can
hit are in the key,
but don't worry about it.
You can choose to add the double stop
on a lower string or a higher string.
Both of those will help you really
develop strong hand shapes.
[MUSIC]