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Cello Lessons: Hand Position: 6ths

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[MUSIC]
Different intervals that we play with
different melodies are gonna require
slightly different hand shapes.
One really great hand shape
to practice is sixth.
So I'm gonna start on the A and
the D strings and
I'm gonna play a minor sixth with first
finger on E and then second finger on C.
When I say sixth, that means that the C
is six scale degrees above the E and
it sounds like this.
[SOUND] In order to practice
this hand shape I'm gonna walk
up a chromatic scale,
which means every half step.
And I'm going to play, I'll finger
three at a time before shifting and
then fingering three at a time.
It'll sound like this.
[MUSIC]
For every pair of notes I'm
starting first finger, second finger,
then second finger on the D string,
third finger on the A string,
and then third finger, fourth finger.
I'm gonna walk it back down now.
[MUSIC]
This
takes me all
the way to half
position there.
This exercise is really gonna
solidify your closed hand shape.
The variations you can do on
this include major sixths,
which would start with an E [SOUND] and
a C sharp.
[SOUND] That's a major sixth.
With a major sixth, I can fit two
pairs of notes before each shift and
it would sound like this.
[MUSIC]
The second and fourth finger, and
then I repeat that.
[MUSIC]
With each shift,
I'm making sure to release
the string so I can move freely.
[MUSIC]
You can practice chromatic major sixths or
chromatic minor sixths on each string,
each pair of strings because they'll all
require slightly different angles and
adjustments from your left hand and arm.
The final variation on this
is to play diatonic sixths.
So this will be a mixture of minor and
major sixths as found in a scale.
So if we were in the D major scale and
I started at the bottom,
with D,
I would find whatever is six scale degrees
above this note within
the scale of D major.
So B is the sixth of D, and as I walk up,
every sixth I play will
be a note from D major.
And I'll keep
alternating major and
minor sixths.
[MUSIC]
You can do this in every key as you're
practicing it in your scale routine.
And it's really,
really gonna help your hand shapes.
For what it's worth,
I could even tell you that because we're
using the same routine for each key,
it's always gonna be the same sequence
of major sixth and minor sixth, so
if I talk it through, we've got a major
sixth and then a second major sixth.
Then we've got two minor sixths, and we
got one minor sixth and one major sixth.
[MUSIC]
Then we've got another major sixth and
a minor sixth.
[MUSIC]
And then another minor sixth and
then a major sixth finishing off with
a major sixth and a minor sixth.
It will always be that same sequence
of major or minor in every major key.
Practice this for a week or so.
And then send me a video and
I'll see how you're doing.
[MUSIC]